Sun shines on our parade
By ANITA HULM
THE gods were smiling upon the Wintersun festival on Saturday with glorious sunshine beating down on the entrants in the annual parade.
Starting at 11.30am, the trucks, walkers and cars were still winding their way through Coolangatta and Tweed streets more than two hours later.
The massive numbers of entrants in the parade impressed the even larger crowd.
Eric Connelly, of Banora Point, had friend Ray Hocking visiting from Melbourne specifically to see the Wintersun parade.
And Ray and his wife were enjoying the spectacle. It is getting bigger and bigger every year," Eric said.
"We have been going to this for 10 years, my wife loves it."
And what a carnival of colour there was to see on the parade route.
Leading up front were the Redland Shire Ladies Drum Corp who were rewarded for their crisp outfits and perfect timing with the award for Best Walkers.
Best float went to the River City Rockers who decked their truck out like a train with bogey wheels, a live band and vivid lime-and-black outfits which definitely caught the eye of the judges.
The hordes of members on their float were living up to their motto of "cruisin' the 50s".
A more solo effort was the winner of the Best Novelty section, the Purple People Eater.
The anonymous Purple People Eater managed to have the crowd singing along to the famous tune wherever he went.
Coming close behind the Purple People Eater was Robot Man who gained the crowd's respect for being wrapped up in styrofoam and cardboard on such a warm day and yet still managing to complete the parade.
But for many, the biggest thrill was seeing their rock 'n' roll stars up close and personal.
Lonnie Lee, Alan Dale, Issi Dye and Johnny Rebb had the crowds cheering, but many in the audience were waiting for none other than Col Joye.
The cameras in the crowd went wild as he went past and he didn't disappoint, supplying some theatrics from the back of his classic car.
You just can't keep a good rocker down!