Taihape parade rated a success
Taihape’s Christmas parade was rated as ‘‘slightly smaller’’ this year by community development trust manager Elizabeth Mortland - but she said some people still thought it the best yet.
There were earlier hopes the parade might attract 40 floats this year, up on 2017, but in the end only about 29 made it, Mortland said.
The trust is the main organiser of the parade and last month put out an appeal for more floats, with key organiser Michelle Fannin urging more people to get involved.
But Mortland said there was ‘‘a great atmosphere’’ on a sunny summer’s day, which saw Mayor Andy Watson with wife Beth at the parade along with plenty of other onlookers.
Bulls and Marton also had their parades on the same day.
Mortland said with Christmas carols playing through speakers along the route and Higgins’ able traffic management, the parade went off without a hitch.
‘‘We were very lucky with the donors and sponsors this year,’’ she said.
The float judged the best was the nativity scene entered by Taihape Combined Churches. Second came Taihape Engineering’s ‘‘Santa’s new ride’’. Highly commended was the ‘‘Moana and Maui’’ float entered by Te Puawai O Te Kakano kohanga reo.
Next year’s parade is scheduled for December 1.
Judged the second best float in Taihape’s Christmas parade, this Taihape Engineering effort pretty much summed up the town.