Giuseppe (Jingles) Taccori is building a peace float for the Mardi Grass Parade.
Giuseppe (Jingles) Taccori is building a peace float for the Mardi Grass Parade. David Nielsen

New ideas floated for Nimbin Mardi Grass

WORLD peace, soccer and the possibility of a $2000 prize have inspired Nimbin resident Giuseppe Taccori to construct a float for this weekend's Mardi Grass festival parade.

For the first time in the festival's 16-year history, prizes totalling $3500 are being offered for the best floats - $2000 for first, $1000 for second and $500 for third.

The money has been put up by Happy High Herbs, a natural plant and herb business that has been in the town for 12 years.

"We wanted to stimulate the community to be a part of the festive celebrations. The parade is a fantastic thing, but it's been a bit same-same the last couple of years," Elizabeth Rix, one of the partners in the business, said.

"We wanted to up the ante a bit and make it a bit more fun."

As well as cash prizes, Happy High Herbs is providing $200 to help people make their floats.

Ms Rix said she knew of floats being built that involved a May queen, a pope on a rope, and a wheelie bin paddy wagon. She will also take part in the parade with her 'sniffer pig' again this year.

Mr Taccori, who is also known as 'Jingles', said his float was inspired by the banner of peace created in 1933 as a symbol of the Roerich Pact protecting international artistic and scientific institutions and historic monuments.

The three inner circles on the banner symbolise the joining of art, science and spirituality.

Mr Taccori said soccer was the biggest religion on the planet, which was why soccer balls had been incorporated in the design.

"What can we do for world peace? Everyone talks about it, but it needs to be a mass movement. What I'd like to see is something like a minute's silence before every soccer match where everybody thinks about what they can do for world peace," he said.

Continuing on the soccer theme, he suggested every field should incorporate a community garden with medicinal herbs.

"Then it would really be a place where the old and the young could come together and play soccer and really understand each other and pass on knowledge," he said.

Mr Taccori, assisted by friends from Djanbung Permaculture Gardens and some Japanese visitors, are making their float using bamboo and papier-mâché.





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