Macksville Gift parade stops the highway | PHOTOS, VIDEO

THE NAMBUCCA band are a playin' and the princesses are a wavin' from balloon festooned vehicles as the Active Macksville Gift street parade winds through town.

Traffic on the Pacific Highway was stopped briefly to enable the noisy, bright motorised snake of cars, trucks, fire engines and a man on a mobility scooter to make their way to the Gift grounds.

Young girls - entrants in the Macksville Gift Princess competition - were all smiles as they passed the Saturday morning crowd.

The day kicked off with a 6km fun run and racing proper will start soon, with the finals tonight and the renowned pyrotechnical display.

Entry to the Gift site is free.