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