Thursday, January 06, 2005

Cavalcade shines despite theft of generator!

Three King’s Cavalcade

by Alice Mascarenhas


Eve of the Epiphany 2005 and Gibraltar enjoyed another successful Three King’s Cavalcade with 12 floats. Graeme Brooking carried the Star of Bethlehem followed by Miss Gibraltar Helen Gustafson and her Princesses, and all other Princesses, the bands - The Royal Gibraltar Regiment, the Sea Scouts Band, and the First Fourth Scout Band, Disney characters, Drum Majorettes, cars and of course the Three King’s. It was unfortunate that a £400 generator was stolen in the early evening from one of the Three King’s trailers awaiting the arrival of the King’s - yet the stars shone bright.

A spokesman for the Cavalcade Committee said the generator which had to be quickly replaced was apparently taken away in a trolley by a man.

But none of this was to spoil the enjoyment of either those participating in this year’s cavalcade nor the hundreds of people - children, parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles who lined the route along Main Street all the way from Casemates to the Holy Trinity Cathedral.

And Gibraltar did not forget the Tsunami Disaster Appeal
as volunteers stretched the length of Main Street filling up buckets and buckets with money as everyone gave willingly and dug into their pockets – one volunteer with already overflowing bucket boasted “this is the third bucket I fill!”

The Three King’s made their traditional stops at the Piazza, St Mary the Crowned and Holy Trinity Cathedral. At the Piazza one of the King’s presented the Chief Minister with a letter carrying a message from the Three King’s. The letter (supposedly received from Julio Pons) asked the Chief Minister if the pool for the elderly and the disabled would be ready this year.

The themes chosen by those taking part were as varied as ever - The Gibraltar Services Police took the first prize in the Senior Section of their interpretation of Lord of the Rings. Second Prize in the Seniors went to the lively character Shrek - from Shrek 2 which was recreated by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. Third in the Senior Section went to the Bassadone Group of Companies for Mad Max.

In the Junior Section it was the Women in Black who won the night by The Mediterranean Dance Group in conjunction with the Gibraltar Youth Service. In second place was The Mafia from the Gibraltar Youth Centre and in third the Funky Fairies by Urban Dance in conjunction with the Gibraltar Youth Service.

The Gibraltar Students Association wanted to again make a statement with their float The Refinery - Death to Pollution - think of our children and our future was the message from them. Also taking part was the Defence Service Agency which presented Around the World in 80 Days, the Gibraltar Tourist Board History Alive which recreated the North Bastion, the Joint Logistic Unit built the Sterling Castle and saw the Gibraltar Evacuees return home, and Inter Services/Dockyard Generating Station with Polar Express.

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