Santa is ready to roll out the floats

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Santa is the star at­trac­tion of this year’s Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tions Christ­mas Pa­rade.

The pa­rade, which takes place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6, is al­ways great fun for the en­tire fam­ily, Hay­ley Horne, or­gan­iser of the event, said.

‘‘It al­ways feels like the en­tire town comes out to wel­come Santa and watch all of the floats go by. Any­one can en­ter a float. Float en­try is free, our only re­quest is that you make your float safe for both those on the float and those watch­ing the pa­rade,’’ she said.

There is no need to reg­is­ter your float, just turn up on the day. There is a win­ner in each of the four cat­e­gories, Best Float, Most Hu­mor­ous, Best School and Best Com­mer­cial. Each win­ner re­ceives a trophy and a $50 gift voucher.

Due to the trial traf­fic re­di­rect­ion on Broad­way, the route has had to be changed. The pa­rade will start at the cor­ner of Arawa St and He­tana St at 11am (the Post Of­fice end) be­fore head­ing up Arawa St, around the clock tower round-a-bout and down Broad­way to Chal­lenge be­fore swing­ing around to the other side of Broad­way, down Tainui St and across Tui St to start again at the Post Of­fice end of Arawa St.

‘‘The Mata­mata Business As­so­ci­a­tion off­set the costs of the bal­loons, Tainui Press do­nate their print­ing costs and Jones How­den, Edmonds Mar­shall and Bell & Gra­ham fund Santa’s lol­lies. Ki­wa­nis help with float or­gan­i­sa­tion and Lions support Santa. We are grate­ful to ev­ery­one for their support, we couldn’t do it with­out them.’’

The PRA al­ways plans that the day of the pa­rade will be sunny, how­ever it will go ahead no mat­ter the weather so Santa will see you all on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6 at 11am.

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