Christ­mas pa­rade ready to run

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - TERESA HAT­TAN

Prepa­ra­tions are well un­der­way for this year’s Mata­mata PRA Christ­mas pa­rade.

The pa­rade is tak­ing place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 5, from 11am, rain, hail, shine or snow.

‘‘No mat­ter the weather it will be on,’’ Mata­mata PRA Christ­mas pa­rade or­gan­iser Hay­ley Horne said ahead of the pop­u­lar event.

A num­ber of en­tries have come in this past week which was great to see, Hay­ley said.

The route has re­turned to ‘‘nor­mal’’, as the me­dian strip bar­ri­ers that were in place last year are no longer an is­sue.

The pa­rade will start from He­tana St in front of the Gatehouse be­fore head­ing out onto Broad­way, along to to Meura St, down Arawa St and back again.

Hay­ley is now en­cour­ag­ing the pub­lic to come along and se­cure a good spot so ev­ery­one can catch a glimpse of the big man in red.

Her only re­quest is that the floats which are par­tic­i­pat­ing don’t in­clude a Santa, as this could con­fuse the small chil­dren.

‘‘We have a Santa and he’s last on the day and we want him to be the hero of the day.

‘‘We want all the or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups to use their imag­i­na­tions.

‘‘We never put a theme to it, just let your imag­i­na­tions go wild.’’

A range of cat­e­gories will all have a win­ner, who will each get a tro­phy and a gift voucher. Cat­e­gories in­clude best school, best com­mer­cial, most orig­i­nal, most hu­mor­ous and best over­all.

The most hu­mor­ous cat­e­gory isn’t usu­ally hugely pop­u­lated, Hay­ley said.

Last year this cat­e­gory was won by Ko­dak and Black with their ‘‘life sized’’ go­rilla.

Hay­ley would love to see more in this cat­e­gory this year.

The PRA pick is also cho­sen, which re­ceives a voucher.

Those tak­ing part in the pa­rade are asked to line up along He­tana St on the day at 10.30am. En­try forms are avail­able at the iSITE. Oth­er­wise, feel free to turn up on the day to take part.

‘‘The more the mer­rier,’’ Hay­ley said.

In the mean­time, Santa is busily get­ting ready at the North Pole. Hay­ley said he was look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing Mata­mata chil­dren in the lead up to Christ­mas.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Mata­mata Chris­tian School is busy preparing its float for this year’s Christ­mas pa­rade.

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