When she arrived in Gibraltar the clouds parted for the sun, yesterday on the eve of the Epiphany they parted again, this time for a rare glimpse of the stars. Kaiane Aldorino, Miss World, was the star guest in one of the most colourful Three King’s Cavalcade Gibraltar has hosted in recent years.
The scene at the Cathdral for the Bishop’s blessing.
The event proved another resounding success as once again the most colourful event of the year was enjoyed by the community as a whole. The special participation of Miss Aldorino is her final local engagement before she heads off as the 2009 Miss World ambassador across the globe.
Gibraltar again gathered en masse yesterday evening, all along Main Street, two and
three lines deep, for this popular traditional encounter, and despite the inevitable long delays as the Three Kings made their traditional stops, expectations were high as was the excitement. This 53rd edition, also saw the participation of 10 floats, three bands, pageant princesses, many Disney and other well known characters.
At exactly 7.30pm, a packed Main Street awaited the party streamers, sweets, balloons and waves from the many taking part in this year’s Cavalcade – MH Bland which was the first of the 10 floats, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year (1810-2010), gave away special prices wrapped in sweets from airline tickets, to dolphin and cable car trips from their vessel Pacific Princess, tagging along a large birthday cake.
The Cavalcade was led by the Royal Gibraltar Regiment Band, traditionally followed by the Star of David once again carried by Bouzgoura Mohamed better known to us as James. The star was followed by The Three King’s and Gibraltar’s brightest star, Kaiane Aldorino, Miss World 2009.
Judging again was tough – the themes varied – but the winning float in the Senior Section went to the children’s story ‘Polar Express’ by the Gibraltar Defence Police, second prize was awarded to the RAF for The Early years of the RAF and Gibraltar, and third place was for a special train with Disney characters by Peter and Friends.
In the Junior Section the winning float celebrated 100 years of Girlguiding in ‘Centenary’. Second prize went to Urban Dance who again brought to life their production of ‘Ilumina’, and third prize to the ever popular X-Factor brought to our shores by the Youth Centre.
Also participating this year was the band of the Sea Scouts Band who wore their new uniforms for the first time comprised of Flower of Scotland Kilts, Argyle jackets and waistcoats. The band retains its Glengarry’s and distinctive white hackle that represents the white neckerchiefs used by the sea scouts who, when founded in 1914, cut their neckerchiefs from white bed linen. Also supporting the Cavalcade for another year was the 1st/4th Scout Band, Marquis of Milford Haven’s Own. On the rest of the floats The Royal Gibraltar Regiment presented the game Modern Warfare2, the 1st/4th Scouts Group the popular Pixar/Disney film ‘Up’, and The Royal Gibraltar Police put together ‘Nemo’.
Outside the Cathedral of St Mary the Crowned Mayor Olga Zammitt and local dignitaries, including Governor Sir Adrian Johns and Chief Minister Peter Caruana, welcomed The Three Kings riding their fibreglass camels, who made the first of their traditional stops. This year the Cavalcade followed the old route all the way down to Referendum Gates.
The princesses who included Miss Gibraltar First Runner Up, Maxine de la Rosa, and Second Runner Up, Jordana Lavagna, who were driven in different sports cars and vehicles from the Gibraltar Classic Vehicle Association. As from 4pm Casemates was a hive of activity with children - of all ages – joining in the excitement of the occasion, with the music loud.
President of the Cavalcade Committee Eric Abudarham, glad it had all come together for yet another year, expressed his gratitude to the ever faithful, who year in year out support the event.
“It is difficult to get new people to participate but the ever faithful are always there. We had 22 floats when we turned 50, and we would like to encourage more companies, associations etc to support this event, but with the 10 floats, bands and support we get it makes for a cavalcade, and this is what we want.”
Mr Abudarham who admits it is always a hard job to get people to participate was as always adamant that this tradition should continue because “it is traditional and it is enjoyed by everyone in the community”, and he again looked forward to the next. He gave a special mention for all those local companies who again this year sponsored some of the floats.