Something special for parade’s 75th birthday
“It’s huge and we’ve just finished all the sets so that’s a relief.”
The parade has some special things in store to celebrate its 75th birthday, including a float featuring the 12 days of Christmas, some huge balloons and a Dr Seuss’ Cat in the Hat set.
“We’re going to have a good birthday year.”
It takes more than 4000 people to bring the show together, including performers, dancers, marshals, make-up artists, banner carriers and costume minders.
For Ms Thompson and Ms Meyrick, parade-day on Sunday will be a long day, starting at the costume room at 5.30am and not ending until at least 7.30pm.
And after the crowds have gone there is three weeks of washing to be done.
Ms Meyrick says they have befriended many families who volunteer each year.
“It’s a real family thing. It’s nice because we see them from when they’re seven and watch them grow up.”
“We’ve had families where three generations are involved and one lady who had been doing it for 40 or 50 years,” Ms Thompson says.
Her own family is no exception. Her daughter Megan Middleton is dressing up for the parade for the fifth time this year, along with her own daughter Asia.
The Farmers Santa Parade is on Sunday and starts at 2pm. For information go to www.santaparade.co.nz.