Despite the heavy rain that began falling soon after I got in from having lunch at the Johnston St Spanish Fiesta (review forthcoming) on Saturday afternoon, the event was not ruined. I went out again at night to see what was happening and lots of people were out enjoying the crazy conditions. All the bars, restaurants and clubs were full, with people lining up to get into the Johnston and the Laundry.

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The biggest disaster was probably experienced by food traders, many of whom had given up and were packing up by 10pm. As you can see from the pooled water above, those on the south side of the street had the entire width of their stalls flooded with water as the drains could not cope.

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The Colombian food stall was the place to be if you were on the street, with its canopy covering a crowd of dancing people.

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At the Nicholson St end of Johnston St, where the stage was, the petrol station (closed for the weekend) was the best place to view the band while staying out of the rain.

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The band was fantastic and I loved being out in the rain with the enthusiastic and energetic crowd who responded to the band and created a fun and frivolous experience.

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