Busy hands on deck for spe­cial 75th Santa pa­rade

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Me­lanie Ver­ran

Novem­ber is a chaotic month for the team or­gan­is­ing the 75th Auck­land Farm­ers Santa Pa­rade.

Cos­tume room man­ager Ronelle Thomp­son spends it li­ais­ing with chore­og­ra­phers, pre­par­ing in­struc­tions for the thou­sands of par­tic­i­pants, check­ing and dou­ble check­ing clothes racks and the hun­dreds of cos­tumes on them and fi­nal­is­ing a mil­lion and one other de­tails.

Mean­while wardrobe mis­tress Mar­a­lyn Meyrick works “like a mad­woman” fin­ish­ing off cos­tum­ing right up to the last minute.

“Novem­ber’s a time where we work huge hours to be ready,” Ms Thomp­son says.

Putting the show to­gether takes most of the year for the two friends who spend their days sur­rounded by “ab­so­lutely thou­sands” of cos­tumes in a New­ton ware­house.

Ms Thomp­son de­signs out­fits and props and seam­stress Ms Meyrick turns them into a re­al­ity.

“We’ve made 300 or 400 new cos­tumes this year,” Ms Thomp­son says.

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Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Lit­tle princesses: Me­gan Mid­dle­ton, her daugh­ter Asia, right, and Pep­per Tay­lor-Rose, both 7, are looking for­ward to be­ing the cen­tre of at­ten­tion on the swan float at the Auck­land Farm­ers Santa Pa­rade.

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