5 Feb 2015

Let's get this party started

3:40 pm on 5 February 2015

Thousands of people lined the streets of central Wellington today for the annual Wellington Sevens parade.

The Samoan sevens team during the Wellington parade.

The Samoan sevens team during the Wellington parade. Photo: RNZ / Michael Allan

All 16 teams were on display for the fans as the parade went down Lambton Quay, Willis Street and ended with a reception at Civic Square.

Players were busy giving fans high fives, taking photos with their selfie sticks and lapping up the atmosphere on a scorching hot, sunny Wellington day.

The New Zealand sevens team during the Wellington parade.

The New Zealand sevens team during the Wellington parade. Photo: RNZ / Michael Allan

New Zealand Sevens captain DJ Forbes said the atmosphere was electric.

"To see the city turn out and get behind the boys is really exciting. As well as all the other countries that are here today," he said.

The England sevens team during the Wellington parade.

The England sevens team during the Wellington parade. Photo: RNZ / Michael Allan

"If the fans can get out and support us it could be the difference."

"We're definitely looking for a big win here in Wellington."

Samoan dancers during the Wellington parade.

Samoan dancers during the Wellington parade. Photo: RNZ / Michael Allan

The tournament kicks off tomorrow at 12pm, with New Zealand's first pool game getting underway just after 2pm.