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.
"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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