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Three Kings Cavalcade flourishes in its 62nd year

Cavalcade Floats 2019 05-01-19 (Photo John )

This year’s Three Kings Cavalcade marked its ‘second largest’ event in its 62-year history, with crowds lining Main Street excited to watch the parade unfold.

The local community rallied this year to ensure the Cavalcade’s success with some 17 floats taking part.

Companies, organisations, families and friends joined together to produce impressive floats with a variety of themes from children’s films to environmental awareness.

Ultimately, it was the Bland Group who won the top prize in the Senior category with their float themed on the Disney film ‘Coco’.

“We are really proud, we worked very hard and we didn’t expect this,” said Joanne Benrimoj from the Bland Group.

The beautifully decorated float featured 38 children and 14 adults with all wearing clothes and makeup that would be worn for the Mexican tradition of the ‘Day of the Dead’.

A mariachi band of comprised of guitarists and a trumpeter followed the float on foot.

“We wanted a theme where we could have lots of children on the float,” Ms Benrimoj said.

“We’re a big company so there’s a lot of children.”

The team worked for over a month, creating papier-ma^che´ animals with wire and spent hours on the day of the Cavalcade face-painting children.

Cavalcade Floats 2019  05-01-19 (Photo John  )

Yalta Dance Studio scooped the top prize in the Junior category with their float based on their original production ‘Illumina’.

The fluorescent float saw fun characters covered in bright lights and colourful outfits, all having a great time dancing.

Second and third place in the Junior category were awarded to Lynx FC with their Yellow Submarine and Special Ops Gibraltar.

In the Senior category Resolve Salvage and Fire was awarded the second prize for their float ‘Release the Kraken’.

“We are a marine salvage company so our floats each year have to be carrying the theme of Resolve and I really loved the idea of the Kraken,” Davina Mañasco from Resolve told the Chronicle.

The team at Resolve had been hard at work on the float for a month.

In third place was the Balloqui Family with ‘Queen through the ages’.

This is the fourth year the Balloqui Family have entered the Cavalcade competition.

“We only started three weeks ago because we weren’t going to enter this year, but the kids were really into it so we decided to go ahead,” said Zyna Smith.

“Everyone had recently seen the film so we decided to do Queen, but it has been more difficult that if we had decided to do an animated film in the sense of some of the props.”

On the float was a large rotating golden guitar and was ingeniously created by the Balloqui Family the morning of the Cavalcade.

“We got a juicer, dismantled it and with that we’re made the guitar rotate,” Ms Smith said.

What keeps the Balloqui family coming back every year is seeing how much the children enjoy
working on the float and putting on a show at the Cavalcade.

Walking floats included the Gibraltar Band and Drums Association with their second public performance.

Miss Gibraltar 2018 Star Farrugia also took part in the Cavalcade riding on a classic car.

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