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Whakarongo Smithy | Palmerston North Centennial Parade in 1971. Photographer Arthur De Maine – © Te Manawa Museums Trust.

More than 92 floats joined the parade, including the “Bunnythorpe Bunnies”, when Countrywomen’s Institute members donned bunny ears and tails; the Crinoline Lady, with a skirt made of thousands of paper flowers; and another depicting the Whakarongo smithy, described by the Manawatū Standard as “one of the most authentic and popular” in the parade.

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