Bras are the stars of Mardi Gras

23:59, Feb 10 2014
Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
MASKED MAN: Mohua Sun drummer Richard Gall enjoyed dressing up for the parade.
Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
MEOW: Backpacker Saratops McDonald put on some feline face paint for the parade
Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
HANKY PANKY: Dorris Mancer entered the the Mardi Bra competition at Golden Bay Mardi Gras.
Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
GRAND PARADE: musician Alan DeBoeck and Motupipi student Arjuna Gall were amongst the leaders of the mask parade
Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
HAPPY HEN: Golden Bay bride to be Taryn Cosgrove, followed by an entourage of bridesmaids, made the most of her time as a single girl.
Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
DANCING QUEEN- Golden Bay based Clair Fones moved to the music at the end of the parade.
Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
BACK IN THE BAY: Tommy and friends impress the crowd at the Mardi Bras competition
Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
MARDI GRAS MAGIC: The crowd enjoy a spontaneous dance performance at the end of the mask parade.

Flamboyant bras were worn by male backpackers, tunes were played on heaters and a runaway bride took over the stage at the Golden Bay Mardi Gras.

Around 800 people, a mix of locals and holiday makers packed the main street of Takaka on Saturday for an afternoon of entertainment that stretched until midnight.

Children's entertainer Levity Beet was amongst the early performers, wooing the crowd with his off-beat approach to music. Mr Beet tried plugging an old heater into a socket on his head and when that didn't work he resorted to playing a tune on it.

Gallery: Golden Bay Mardi Gras
SAFER COMMUNITIES TOGETHER: Constable Bruce Telford enjoys the Golden Bay Mardi Gras with Backpacker Marcus Schrock.

"I found it at the recycling centre," he said.

Waimea College band Element Six impressed the crowd with a tight set. Lead singer Laura Hammond said they'd been together for one year.

Bride-to-be Taryn Cosgrove, followed by an entourage of bridesmaids, rocked her way through the mask parade and into the crowd. During the Mardi Bras competition Ms Cosgrove wrestled with the judge to gain control of the microphone. She was temporarily successful, though judge and artist Deb Price proved the stronger armed of the two.

Mardi Gras organiser Dave Myall said he been pleased that performers had a "really good time" playing for an appreciative crowd. He said Nelson band Paper City and Richmond's Element Six enjoyed their sets.

"The whole organisation of Mardi Gras went really smoothly. Phoebe Zeller, who was named dux for Collingwood School last year, did a really good job of sound engineering, though she was thrown in the deep end a few times," he said.

Mr Myall said finishing off with the local band Roots System at midnight was a "really good call" because because it relaxed the crowd.

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