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Every onesie imaginable.

I was recently lucky enough to experience the first ever Dicksmith Auckland Nines, a two day NRL tournament involving 31 games, 16 clubs and 256 players. The atmosphere was amazing, helped in large part by fact that the event is like a huge costume party. You get as much entertainment from the crowd as you do from what’s happening on the field! The stadium’s pedestrian thoroughfare becomes a buzzing cacophony of ninjas, cartoon characters, animals and home-made inventions. Witness the awesome.

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We found Wally.

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There is something not right with those babies…

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Do you remember those bizarre Libra Invisible Tampon ads…? This one? That’s what these guys are. And yes, they made the noises. Schwing!

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Roving bands of muscle boys may be found. The body becomes the costume.

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Muscle boys run into the tampon guys. Hilarity ensues.

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Wigs and dresses. Where the hell am I?

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Then this happened.

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I uh… hm.

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Pants of awesome.

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Some people just go beyond the call.

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If you’re not sure what to wear, I suggest a bow tie.

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There was a lot of cross dressing.

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This guy just scared me. He did not react to being photographed.

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The stadium – Eden Park – is surrounded by suburban homes literally next door. The walk home is surreal…

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…A LOT of cross dressing.

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Criminals and schoolgirls dance to a busker. How can you not smile?!

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Is that beer making a call?

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Did I mention the cross dressing…?

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The train ride home.

Well, that was the Auckland Nines. I miss it already. There may have been some football that happened as well at some point.

Catch you up cuz!