A surprise swirling wind stopped fireworks soaring on
Saturday but the Dunedin Midwinter Carnival attracted a large
Carnival spokeswoman Lena Plaksina said about 10,000 people
watched the carnival.
''It was absolutely packed. There was no place for an apple
Another 1000 people, including 125 performers, marched around
the Octagon anti-clockwise twice.
When the wind picked up, the organisers were ''terrified''
for the performers, she said.
As the performers walked up Stuart St, a swirling wind gusted
towards the Dunedin Railway Station and caught the layered
dress of Little Bo Peep on stilts.
The crowd and her surrounding flock gasped as she made large
steadying steps, balancing with her shepherd's crook.
The wind ripped two enormous eyeball lanterns that were
forced to retire before the first circuit.
The wind settled and children on kerbs cocooned in woollen
blankets watched wide-eyed as dark mystical creatures
Event manager Paul Smith helped steady the giant castle
lantern and cursed the unpredicted wind as he made the final
call to cancel the fireworks display from the Civic Centre.
The announcement made the crowd groan with disappointment,
but the halt to the fireworks could not stop most walking
Peta Ericsson (8) said her favourite part of the carnival was
the large unicorn flanked by beautiful fairies.
Her brother, Glenn Ericsson (6), said the highlights of the
parade included the large scary spider and high-fiving
Their mother, Pene Williams, said the cancellation of the
fireworks was understandable for safety reasons and hoped
twice as many fireworks would illuminate the winter sky next