Parnell Festival of Roses.


 

After church service today, went to the Parnell Festival of Roses to have lunch and just chill with the City Harmony Connect Group family. I’m not crazy about roses or flowers in particular, but I was curious to see what festivals are like here in Auckland and since it was really near the city, I thought I’d take the time to experience and venture out of my comfort zone.

Took a ride with Abby and Ash in their green mobile and didn’t take long to arrive there but it was hard to get parking because there were a lot of people! I didn’t expect this much of a crowd but well here we are.

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Interestingly, they really value the community’s feedback on the organization of the festival. There’s a booth there just for evaluation of how the festival was run and if the people have any suggestions for next year’s festival.

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Coming into the park area, first thing we saw was these two tall creatures! I think they are suppose to be the garden or some Rose fairy or something but they were walking on those tall stick things. I don’t know what they’re called but yea they must be very good at balancing themselves to be standing on those tall sticks!

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Very interesting costume though and I guess it becomes part of an entertainment or “accessory” if you will, to the festival itself.

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There was a long street where all the food stalls and trucks were at, and around the green slope hill and grass area was where we sat down and had our street food. It was too crowded when we got there, and it was about 1pm and so everyone was trying to get food so the queues were long, I couldn’t be bothered to look around and see what other food they were selling and just went with the majority of the people around me. They all ordered the 15 dollars Brazilian meal that came with 3 different meat, and rice, with beans and salsa. It tasted good really, just that I thought the serving was too small for something worth 15 dollars.

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Look at this, chicken meat, lamb, and sausage. With very little rice underneath those meat. 15 dollars? What a rip off!

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Aside from food and of course, displays of Roses, there were also some street dancing going on. Traditional English/Scottish dance that is.

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There was also a booth that housed classical music played by the Aotea Youth Symphony which I thought was really cool and the sounds of the strings and violins just made the ambiance of the whole place so relaxing!

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Where we sat and had food, this whole display of roses in white are right behind us. There were a few pink and red ones further at the back.

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Kuya Alfred took this photo of us single ladies, Jayce, Laarni and yours truly.

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We left the place at about 4pm, I didn’t do much except stand around the area, observing people, talked to some guy from Malaysia named Chee Wei who attended Every Nation Malaysia and was here in Auckland for a Working Holiday. Turns out he knew Jude and Bryan who were my homies from way back in my home church. What a small world we live in huh?!

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