Santa is ready to roll out the floats
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.