Santa Pa­rade needs lit­tle helpers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The fes­tive sea­son is march­ing to­wards us and the an­nual Farm­ers Santa Pa­rade looms on the hori­zon.

And that means Kiwi kids have the op­por­tu­nity to let their imag­i­na­tion run wild by be­com­ing fan­tasy char­ac­ters in the an­nual pa­rade.

This year’s event is par­tic­u­larly spe­cial as it marks the 80th year of suc­cess­fully man­ag­ing the day.

Or­gan­is­ers are call­ing for boys and girls aged be­tween 10 to 12 years old to be trans­formed into a va­ri­ety of fan­tas­ti­cal char­ac­ters and add to the magic of the na­tion’s big­gest Christ­mas pa­rade.

Each year the event calls on the ser­vices of thou­sands of vol­un­teers to make the mag­i­cal day come to fruition.

Or­gan­is­ers are seek­ing en­thu­si­as­tic per­form­ers to sashay down Queen St along­side the mag­nif­i­cently themed floats which have be­come icons of Auck­land’s Christ­mas cul­ture.

Pa­rade day is not just for the chil­dren. Adults who love to dress up are also in­vited to get in­volved.

The pa­rade re­quires a team of fun-lov­ing grown-ups to ful­fil mar­shalling and para­pher­na­lia distri­bu­tion du­ties while in cos­tume.

Also re­quired are vi­sion­ary in­di­vid­u­als who can as­sist in bring­ing ev­ery­thing to­gether be­hind the scenes. Help is needed from mar­shalling to ban­ner car­ry­ing to cos­tume mind­ing. If you are in­teres- ted and are 18 or older you can be­come in­volved in the event.

Pa­rade or­gan­iser Pam Glaser says the pa­rade needs vol­un­teers who are ea­ger to share in the joy of the sea­son.

‘‘We’re look­ing for en­thu­si­as­tic Auck­lan­ders who can help put smiles on the faces of the thou­sands of spec­ta­tors who come along on the day.’’

Guid­ing hand: Tu­tors like Vids De­sai are pas­sion­ate about de­vel­op­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of IT work­ers.

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