The weather won't get in the way of this year's Blossom Parade as sunshine is set to dazzle the spring sensation.

This year's theme is "Show us your heART" and organiser Lyn Mackie says the preparations for the parade couldn't have gone any better.

"We're just so relieved the weather is going to be fine, I was very confident that it was going to be nice."

Fifty-eight floats have been entered in for this year's event and each category winner will be decided by two judges.


Mackie says people can also vote for their favourite float through the People's Choice Award.

"People can text "Blossom" and the number of their favourite float to 4487. Each float will have a number on it."

Mackie said people who are elderly or have a disability who are keen to watch the parade, can visit Arts Heretaunga on Russell St South to obtain tickets which allocate special seating.

Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst is thrilled for the event due to all the hard work that's gone into it.

"I have been going to the Blossom Parade all my life – it's a big part of who we are in Hastings, Heretaunga, signifying the start of the spring growth on our fertile soils and plains.

"As mayor, what I love most about this event is how it brings together our diverse community – it's going to be a tremendous turnout this year, both from people who have made floats and those participating in other ways."

"I am always inspired and amazed with the outstanding floats our community groups create. A huge amount of time goes into their creation but on the day it is what makes the parade so special."

Hazlehurst said she is very grateful to Arts Inc. Heretaunga which has looked after the event so well and maintained it as a flagship celebration of life in Hastings.

Hastings District Councillor Wendy Schollum is also one of many to take part in the parade.

It was 33 years ago that she donned a bright yellow clown wig and marched in her first Blossom Parade as a wide-eyed 4-year-old.

"Thankfully the local fire service allowed those of us whose legs tired, midway through the parade, to ride on the back of their float. I still fondly remember the excitement of all the costumes, the music and, of course the lollies."

"While I won't be wearing a yellow wig this year, I'll be marching in a rather apt #HastingsProud T-shirt and cap. See you all there!"