By all unsolicited testimonials, this year’s Frangipani festival was hailed as a complete success!
More than 7000 people visited Rabaul Town over the two-day event with the main highlight being the Go Go Cola float parade held on Saturday. The event, which brings the communities of East New Britain together, began with a ENB schools march from Rabaul Malaguna Road junction to the Rabaul Yacht Club on Fri, Sep 14. The PNG flag was raised and the national anthem was sung to the beat of the local pipes and drums. At 9am, the McGrade 2ston family cup 7km dug out canoe race took place at Simpson Harbour. School students dressed in traditional costume for sing sings while a public speaking competition took place on the festival theme “be proactive, don’t dump plastic.” One thousand students were treated to a hot dog lunch donated by BNG Trading and Soho and a drink donated by Vitasoy. The evening special, ENGINI Baining fire dance took place at Malaguna Secondary School followed by an early morning traditional tolai kinavai on the foreshores of Rabaul. Despite light showers this famous cultural performance was enjoyed by visitors and a local-long-term resident Gerry McGrade who was invited into the duk duk/tubuan society was initiated. At 10am the GO Go Cola float parade kicked off with 100 floats taking part. The winners of the float parade received their prizes! The Winners being for the best understanding of the theme went to Nivani, best corporate float went to Agmark Group of Companies, best entertaining float went to Nonga Hospital and the best small association float went to Rabaul Town Clinic.
Chairwoman Susan McGrade said she couldn’t have been happier with the turn out and the support by the local community.