Call for pa­rade floats

Rotorua Weekender - - News - Shauni James

It is just un­der a month un­til the Ro­torua Christ­mas Pa­rade and Fes­ti­val, and com­mu­nity groups are in­vited to get cre­ative and join in with the Christ­mas cheer.

The pa­rade and fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for a few more groups to cre­ate floats, dress up and en­ter­tain the crowds.

The event is be­ing held on De­cem­ber 1, with the pa­rade start­ing at 4pm out­side Ro­torua Pri­mary School on Arawa St.

Or­gan­iser Alia Ryan en­cour­ages peo­ple to get in­volved with a float be­cause it is a free event for the com­mu­nity to en­joy.

“The more peo­ple able to be cre­ative and put some­thing for­ward for ev­ery­one to en­joy the bet­ter, and it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case their busi­ness or com­mu­nity group at the same time.”

She says the theme is A Kiwi Christ­mas be­cause they like to keep the event all about what is ex­pe­ri­enced here in New Zealand.

“We en­cour­age as much cre­ativ­ity and fes­tive flair in their de­signs as pos­si­ble.”

She says the sooner peo­ple reg­is­ter the bet­ter, as they will have more time to plan their float.

There will be prizes for the best com­mu­nity float, cor­po­rate float and ed­u­ca­tional float, she says.

Af­ter the pa­rade there will be a fes­ti­val, which will in­clude car­ni­val rides, mar­kets, free games and en­ter­tain­ment, and the Christ­mas fam­ily movie which the pub­lic will get to vote on soon.

Alia says she loves how the pa­rade and fes­ti­val is some­thing she can bring her whole fam­ily to.

She says she has four chil­dren be­tween the ages of 3 to 16 years old, and there is al­ways some­thing they can all en­joy.

Alia says she is look­ing for­ward to see­ing the new floats en­tered.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what they have cre­ated. There have been some quite cool ones al­ready come through.”

She says there are many awe­some vol­un­teers be­hind the event. “Come along and sup­port those giv­ing up their time to sup­port mak­ing some­thing won­der­ful for us.”

■ For more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter go to www.christ­mas­pa­

Photo / File

Santa makes an ap­pear­ance at last year’s Ro­torua Christ­mas Pa­rade.

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