Hastings Blossom Parade - POSTPONED!
The Hastings Blossom Parade, initially scheduled to take place on September 11th 2021, has now been postponed until October 9th 2021 due to the latest Government announcement that the country will remain at Level 4 until nearly the end of August.
Arts Inc. Heretaunga, and Hastings District Council, have decided to postpone the event to allow greater time for the creation of entries and organising a safe space for gathering in a positive way. The disruption over the last two weeks has meant that groups have been unable to gather to create their floats. With the new date we are hopeful that we can bring the community together again to celebrate this highly anticipated annual event.
Our theme for 2021 is... 'Transport to Delight'!
It is our privilege to have the opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate the arrival of Spring and renew a sense of pride in our region. We feel that this is really important for everyone, as we have been lucky enough to have this chance to celebrate together in 2020 and hope to do so again for 2021 - creating a magical day and bringing smiles to the faces of both children and adults alike!
Here's how our Hastings Blossom Festival day is shaping up:
10:00 am - Live Entertainment - Albert Square
11:00 am - Blossom Parade
12:45 pm - Prizegiving & Live Entertainment - Albert Square
Hastings Blossom Festival is proudly delivered by Arts Inc. Heretaunga and funded by Hastings District Council
How to be part of the 2021 Blossom Parade Spectacular?
To confirm your interest and participation please fill in an expression of interest form (this can be found via our website link above). Alternatively email Lyn Mackie via email@example.com at Arts Inc. Heretaunga for any additional information.
How can I participate?
The Parade will once again be highly colourful, exciting and full of fun for the public who line the streets to watch this iconic event. There are a number of ways that you can be part of the parade.
- Build a float as a business or community organisation
- Decorate a car, motorbike, bicycle or pram to promote your organisation
- Be part of a performance/dance group
- Encourage your school or sports team or social club to participate
- Form a New Orleans style marching band or Brazilian Samba band
- Dress up with your friends and join the parade in your best blossom themed outfit
- Sponsor an entry
What Categories are there?
- Best Community
- Best School
- Best Business/Trade
- Best use of Natural Blossom
- Best use of Artificial Blossom
- Best Humour/Most Unusual
- Best Dressed Individual or Group
What prizes are on offer?
There will be a few categories you can choose from and a $400 cash prize will be offered to entries that win an award, plus $100 prize for runners up in each category: A people's choice award will also be on offer and may attract as much as $1000 in prize money which will be voted for and selected by the public.
NB: To vote for the People's Choice award on the day, please text "BLOSSOM [and the number of the entry]" to 4487 at the time - so for example; text "BLOSSOM 29" to 4487 to vote for entry number 29, or "BLOSSOM 3" to 4487 to vote for entry number 3, etc. (Texts cost .20c to send - a small price to pay to make sure your favorite is in to win!