Mardi gras festivity in September

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More than 70 stall-holders will take part in a new mardi gras event in the place of Boulevard Day this year.

Boulevard Day organisers decided not to go ahead with the annual event on September 28 because of uncertainties created by covid, but Ashburton woman Carol Johns says there is support for some kind of gathering and has organised a mardi gras.

It will take place on East Street, which will be closed to traffic and stallholders will line the road. Ashburton retailers will keep their shop doors open and some have booked street space; other stall-holders would sell food and hand-made items, like bespoke dog collars and horse gear.

Community groups had also been given free space.

Carol has been busy pulling the event together over the past three weeks and said there was support for a event that helped the community feel like was returning to normal.

She said Bookarama was continuing, with its opening day on September 28, and people now had two reasons to visit Ashburton that day. It is also South Canterbury anniversary day.

Carol has tapped into some of the stallholders who come to Ashburton for Waitangi on East, an event that runs alongside the Multi-Cultural Bite.

“This is just what Ashburton needs, a day where we can get back to some sort of normal and bring life into the town.”