Saturday, January 5, 2013

And the Crowd Goes Wild

Photo by Charlotte Squire

A fun local tradition in New Zealand:
The annual Collingwood Raft Race was taking place, and a large crowd gathered on the bridge to throw a fuming concoction of rotten whey and old squid at the competitors as they floated beneath the bridge towards the “finish line” at the Collingwood Motor Camp.
Also tossed onto the rafters: “buckets of liquid pig manure and buckets of rotten milk.” This seems to have been a departure from “the traditional bombardment of old eggs and flour bombs.”

Good times.


Nathan Branch said...

Rotten whey, old squid, liquid pig manure and rotten milk . . . ? I think I'm glad I sat this particular tradition out.

Avery Gilbert said...

Nathan Branch:

It doesn't even sound like fun to be tossing the squids--the fans on the bridge wear heavy duty rubber gloves.

Meanwhile, there's this. What is it with New Zealand?