Seasonal warmth beats the chill
A bumper crowd defied the elements and turned out for the New Norfolk Christmas Parade and Market on Saturday
A BUMPER crowd has defied the elements and lined the streets for the annual New Norfolk Christmas Parade and Fair.
Casey Farrell, chair of the event’s committee, estimated about 1700 people had attended the parade on Saturday, up almost 50 per cent on last year.
New Norfolk resident Stacey Aldous walked in the parade with her two-year-old daughter, Sophie, with the Ptunarra Child and Family Centre group.
“There were so many people there, it was really great for the community to see so many people out and about,” Mrs Aldous said.
“It was great for the kids and it was really fun.”
Mr Farrell was pleased with how well the whole day turned out.
“It would have been really nice if there hadn’t been so much wind in the afternoon, but . . . it was a really good day,” Mr Farrell said.
“We’ve lived up to standard we set last year, we’ve exceeded that again this year, and so I’m hopeful people’s experiences will again spread the positivity and that we’ll see similar growth next year.”
Mr Farrell said the fair attracted about the same number of people as last year.
“The market was fantastic because we took up a lot more space in Arthur Square than last year, we really spread it out,” he said. “We had a really interesting mix of stallholders.”