Children will be transformed into buds, blooms and blossoms for the annual Blossom Festival this weekend.

A range of floats will be parading the main street of Hastings and Rascals Childcare can't wait to show theirs off.

Float organiser, David Forbes, said they followed the theme and have decorated a large trailer with a garden and a white picket fence.

"In the middle of the garden will be the buds, blooms and blossoms played by our younger children."


The older children would be riding bikes and scooters behind the trailer.

Mr Forbes said they had a very family oriented float with parents and even grandparents helping with the decorations.

"We have had morning teas and workshops where families have come in and helped make the costume or put together the float It is such a neat event and the process of actually getting there is so lovely to watch, as it brings everyone together."

Event organiser, Lyn Mackie expects another successful parade with 50 entries and hopefully thousands of spectators.

"The entries range from decorated floats and cars to pipe bands and samba renditions."

She said people could expect to see an explosion of colour, sound and laughter.

"Fingers crossed the wintry spell we are expecting disappears by Saturday so we can enjoy the beginning of spring in the sunshine," she said.

There would also be costume characters roaming the festival and children could expect appearances from Frozen's Olaf and Elsa.

The Heretaunga women's Centre have entered the event for the first time using it to celebrate the suffrage movement.

Service manager, Margot Wilson, said they related it to the growth of women.

"Through the 2oth century women have blossomed and now they have started to bloom, it is such a big turnaround in 126 years."

Next to the float the women will march representing the suffrage movement, holding the banners and wearing the suffragette costume.

The parade begins at 11am on the corner of Lyndon Rd and Hastings St and finishes on Russell St. The prizegiving begins at 1pm at the Civic Square.

People can vote for their favourite float by texting "blossom" and the number of the float to 4487. Winner of the people's choice award will receive $1000.