The organisers of the Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights in Warkworth couldn’t have asked for a better night for their first event on July 9.
Despite torrential rain in the previous week, by Saturday the clouds had dispersed and the evening was near-on perfect.
The riverside carpark was packed with festival glowers … with lights twinkling on trees, strollers, balloons, hats, dogs and clothing. Food vendors looked to be doing a roaring trade around dinner time and the live music gave the town a party atmosphere.
The ITM Parade of Lights was led through town by the Warkworth & Wellsford Pipe Band, followed less melodiously by siren-blasting fire trucks and a police car, much to the delight of the children lining the streets.
The second event on the festival programme will be the free Gull Laser Light Show on Saturday, July 23, which runs from 3pm to 9pm, where there will be more food, music and rides.