Cross St is one of those roads that I'm often on. The Dressmaker of the bridesmaids dresses works on Cross St, it has handy parking to Krd (which is where my store of the moment (Illicit) is) and is just generally one of those streets that occasionally appears in my travels.
What I didn't realise is that the inner city community got together with the Chinese New Year Festival to put on the Cross St Carnival.
"We're bringing together some of the most energetic bands, acrobats and dancers to stimulate your senses, some of the hottest crafts and sculpture for your browsing and buying delights and some of the tastiest of local treats. Aligned once again with the Chinese New Year, this will be a celebration of the liveliest, most colourful facets of our local community."
And oh, there were MANY colourful facets! The usually drab street had been decorated up all festive like, and there were jugglers, stilt walkers, colourful stalls and bands and food goodness.
My favourite part, though, was Box Costume Making:
And it was a fairly fantastic surprise to find a carnival in full swing when I was walking back to my car (I'd just got the balls on my new piercing changed - they are all sparkly now, and wedding ready). This, in part, is why I love and adore Auckland. :)