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A visual feast of costumes, music, dancing and acrobatics will make for a spectacular sight as the Hertz Sevens tournament officially kicks off, with Wellington city buzzing with tournament fever and the weather playing ball. Lambton Quay will come to a standstill as the players interact with the thousands of fans expected there to support their favourite teams.
"It's pretty close to home, it's only about an hour and a half from where I was born so hopefully there's some people in the parade crowd that I know," said Manawatu-born Taranaki fullback Kurt Baker.
The fullback says the day will be an awesome primer for the upcoming tournament. "It seems like all of Wellington gets in behind it. All the teams enjoy it, as well as those people who don't actually go to the rugby itself, so they get to see some players."
The parade will start on the corner of Ballance Street and Lambton Quay at 12.45pm and then travel down Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Mercer Street. The parade will finish at Civic Square where the teams will be officially welcomed by Wellington Mayor Celia-Wade Brown. “Our tournament has a unique atmosphere as Westpac Stadium and the Waterfront is abuzz with colour and noise. That’s a key reason why players love to play in Wellington.”
The parade will be followed by two action-packed game days at Westpac Stadium in front of 35,000 fans dressed in crazy costumes.
Wellington has been hosting the HSBC Sevens tournament since 2000, which is regarded as the most colourful tournament of the World Sevens series.
When: Thursday, 31 January 2013, 12.45pm
Where: Lambton Quay, Wellington
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