In celebration of being the Art Deco Capital of the world (Napier: Art Deco City) Napier holds two fun weekends each year – the summer one (3rd weekend in February) is more like an Art Deco week, the winter one (some time in July) is called Deco Decanted, because it is smaller and we live in a wine-grape-growing region. Those who like fashion have a great time. Those who like engines, aeroplanes, cars and trains have a blast. Those who like to party – party hard, 1930s style. Many people get dressed up and our boys even get a short-back-and-sides hair-cut – tricky for the Butterfly having not much hair but luckily we have a hairdresser in the family: Aunty Kellie managed to tidy him up a bit.
This year the focus was on honouring the services, without whom the people of Napier would never have managed during the aftermath of the earthquake 80 years ago, and the re-building process.
The great thing is, anyone can join in because so many activities are free or gold coin ($1, $2) donation. With the Butterfly being so young still we chose not to do the night stuff, but here’s some images from our weekend…
Here’s what the local newspaper says about things deco:
Events sold out: 40,000+ in Party Mode (Usual population not quite 60,000!)