A new Christmas parade experience for all
It’s quite a long route, which is always good because we get a real workout, and the streets were absolutely thronged with people watching the parade. Lovely atmosphere too – we had a great time.
It was Simon-the-German’s first gig with us and it was great to have him there. He plays in a samba band in Nuremberg, Germany, and saw us performing at the Coburg Samba Festival last year. He’s in New Zealand for 6 months or so on his OE, and got in touch the minute he arrived in Wellington. It’s very cool to see how far our reputation reaches these days 🙂
Once we’d completed the parade we wandered through the streets back to the Expressions Art and Entertainment Centre near where we’d started. We’d been invited to do a stage performance in the big hall, which we were more than happy to do.
It’s never easy to tell how loud we are indoors, especially in such a huge sports-hall type space with a massive high roof and some quite substantial reverb going on. I do hope we didn’t deafen anyone. Simon-the-German was doing really well right up until the moment when his stick went right through the skin of his borrowed caixa – oopsie!
It was a great day out for us – it’s always great to discover a new and fab event we’ve never done before, and we’re really pleased to have been invited.
Here’s a video of us on the parade, taken by our surdo player, John: