Dancing, singing and a walk through the history of the nation were all part of yesterday’s float parade through the heart of Avarua.
More than 50 decorated floats paraded through Avarua, each with their own unique design and message.
Even the weather cleared up in time for the annual event which saw community groups, businesses, villages and government agencies parade down the street in full Cook Islands pride.
For the cultural teams taking part in this week’s nightly performances at the National Auditorium, their show during the parade was a taste of their performances to come on stage.
The Manihiki group even got Prime Minister Henry Puna and his wife, Akaiti on their feet to dance with visitors from their home island.
Local dentist George Hosking was in full voice as he drummed home the healthy living message, while department staff showcased the various doctors’ and nurses’ uniforms worn over the years in keeping with this year’s celebration theme.
Vaka Takitumu were in full swing as young men and women danced ahead of their float carrying warriors, women and their chief played by the famous Captain Moko.
The parade was sponsored by CITC who provided funding to local schools for their floats, and also for the major prize money.