The Maffra Mardi Gras was absolutely fun. Reminded me so much of when I was a little kid and we had spring festival carnivals. Things like that.
Arriving in Maffra about two o’clock in the afternoon. Towing the pink trailer we left about nine-thirty in the morning and arrived home late at night after a very slow trip home.
With all the Agricultural and Pastoral Shows, the Markets, festivals and carnivals I have been to I’ve never got to a Mardi Gras before. So this in itself was a new experience. So much alive energy was there. The experience… what else other than fun.
The management know what they wanted. Where to place peoples. Effectively their efficiency helps make the whole experience very fluid and well run.
The #PopCorn4U trailer was set up. The smell of hot buttered freshly popped aromatic corn ready for eating just wafted along the street stalls and brought people there.
A few hours into the Afternoon the crowds gathered along the street. The parade had an ANZAC day theme. The whole of Maffra and its surrounding districts knew someone in that parade. many clubs, schools and business were there.
The bands across the road just kept playing on. Except of course when the parade was happening or the best float prizes were being given out.
During break times talking to other stall holders was what was to be done.
After the Parade the lights on the trailer were turned on. Strange how people are attracted to lights.
As the dusk turned into evening , then night the people attending slowly changed. Families took the young ones home to bed. As the teens and young adults came out the Mardi Gras subtly changed. Even the music from the afternoon was different.
Overall many things were quietly achieved by everyone concerned.
I’m going to another Mardi Gras soon.
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