Anticipation was high for this year’s traditional Easter hat parade at Griffith East Public School – and the creations on show did not disappoint for those gathered runway-side.
Sporting a blue festive themed hat five-year-old Levi Malone extolled the virtues of his re-useable creation, something he says he is sure he will wear again.
“Especially the rabbit tail part I will make something with,” he said.
The trick of it all, according to Levi, was the use of a long stick in creation, but the enthusiastic application of his rough estimate of 100 stickers, was also behind its undoubted success.
“I reckon it took me about 60 minutes,” he said, proving no work of art can be whipped up quickly.
“Yeah I would do it again.”
Not afraid to push the barriers when it came to the artistic elements of her Easter hat, five-year-old Ella Nolan fearlessly used both pom-poms and feathers to decorate the purple canvas of her headpiece.
“So what I did was I cut out some ears and I just stuck them on,” she said, following her part in the parade seen by a crowd of proud parents and grandparents.
“I’ve got some pipe cleaners on there, which look nice and I had to draw inside the lines of the ears.”
But while the thrill of performing and parading in front of the crowd of loved ones was admittedly a rush for Ella, she said the surprise arrival of the Easter Bunny was the true highlight of the day.
“It was so exciting,” she said.
“It has been a pretty good day.”
The late-arrival of the Easter Bunny was met with reactions worthy of ‘Beatlemania’ from the crowd of kindergarten, year 1 and year 2 students gathered in the Norma Marin Hall, who could barely contain their delight at his unexpected drop in.
Barely a week out of Easter the famous bunny took time out of his busy schedule to deliver numerous chocolate Easter Eggs to the students, though there was quickly little evidence of his visit – with eggs disappearing at record speed.
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