Tai­hape pa­rade rated a suc­cess

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape - ALIS­TER BROWNE

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.

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