Samba act parade winner
It took nothing less than a singing, dancing, cartwheeling steampunk circus band to win the Masked Parade's Kim Merry supreme award this year.
Co-director Dave Remnant from winning act Samba de Sol described the group as a "samba band plus". The community group was formed in 2010 to bring Brazilian samba to Nelson, and boasted about 50 members on the night of the parade.
Mr Remnant said last night was the first time the group had included a brass section, but he added that they would be doing so regularly from now on. Their "steampunk circus" parade act had taken almost four months to put together.
"It took lots and lots of practise, lots and lots of energy."
He, music director Tanya Knock and dance director Bex Deva worked to make the act a success. Their next gig will be at the Lantern Celebration in December.
Body in Space member and "circus ringmaster" Damara Sylvester also brought her Inside Out Circus from the Moutere area to join the Samba de Sol crew.
"We wanted to add some colour to their wonderful music," Ms Sylvester said.
She strutted through the parade on stilts, while children from her circus skills class showed off their skills with hula hoops.
First prize for Best Individual – Karl Wulff, Community Art Works
First prize for Best Group – Samba de Sol, Second prize – Leshan Dance Troupe
First prize for Best School – Hampden St School, Second prize – Appleby School Kim Merry Supreme Award – Samba de Sol
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