Biplanes parade lift off

By Heather McCracken

Many of us as kids - certainly those of us with active imaginations - would have experienced the fun of making ourselves a wearable plane.

It probably would have involved a cardboard box, some loosely fashioned cardboard wings, and, if we were a bit fancy, some fuselage details added with crayon on the side.

They certainly wouldn't have looked quite as remarkable - or as difficult to wear - as the planes made by Mitre 10 Mega staff for the Wings over Wairarapa Christmas Parade float.

The squadron of biplanes, cleverly dubbed the Red Wekas, weigh 30kg and are wheeled along, a bit like a wheelbarrow, while the "pilot" stands inside them. They'll be making an appearance at Christmas parades around Wairarapa, starting with Carterton on November 24, to draw attention to the Wings over Wairarapa event in January.

And they're fantastic.

They look great, and they'll be a brilliant addition to the Christmas parade.

I think it's an unavoidable condition of getting older that you remember Christmas parades as more magical, more impressive, and the floats as much more elaborate, when you were a child.

Somewhere in the archives of the Stratford Press is a photograph of me on a Christmas parade float dressed as a sunflower - the reasons for which I have forgotten. But the experience of being a part of the parade hasn't left me, and it's exciting to see there are still those in the community who are still delving into their imagination to create something fun and whimsical.

Now all they need is some choreography to Snoopy's Christmas, and they'll be Christmassy to boot.


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