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Richard and friend appear out of the picture Flower costume under wraps from the rain These are photographs from the parade and some of the costumes in the making.
A quiet moment before the parade Detail of construction

The costumes take their shape in Richard's home. Many are now so large as to require wooden or aluminium frames, and the fabrics and other materials are glued onto the frames.

It takes balls to be a Queen Detail of costume "It takes balls to be a Queen" - had 20 metres of sequinned fabric on a frame. The "Patriotic" costume had glittered face masks and feathers covering the frame.
Detail of costume head-dress Arriving at the party

  Even the dog gets in on the act.

Richard at the end of a parade.

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Photos Richard Winsbury 1999-2002