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The Afternoon Procession
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

November 10, 2012: The rain kept away so the afternoon procession went smoothly, led by two magnificent floats carrying the Prince and Princess, and the Queen and her attendants. Queen Ellie was duly crowned in the market in the normal style although light rain arrived as it happened. Nothing phased our royalty girls however, who immediately whipped out matching umbrellas to keep the rain off their fur coats. The planning and execution of Ellie's float was all the more extraordinary because it was literally the first she had ever been involved with. She and her assistants did most of the work too so ... a big round of applause please for a float that was a masterpiece! A bunch of penguins (Happy Feet) shuffled memorably centre stage during the fancy dress judging to share first prize with a bunch of fearful Romans in the group category. There was too much else happening to explain everything, so here are the penguins. There's also a nice shot below of President Robin and wife Mandy, both long standing Carnivalites. Robin officiated at the crowning ceremony and chose to wear his Band uniform for the occasion, which was a nice touch.


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