Paint of­fered for floats

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ELENA MCPHEE

With just over two weeks un­til the first of South Can­ter­bury’s Christ­mas pa­rades are held, free paint is be­ing of­fered to those want­ing to dec­o­rate or spruce up floats.

Paint com­pany Re­sene, which sup­ports Christ­mas pa­rades na­tion­wide, has of­fered the free paint to pa­rade par­tic­i­pants want­ing to dec­o­rate their en­try.

Ti­maru pa­rade or­gan­iser Bec Brook­land said she was grate­ful Re­sene had come on board and spec­u­lated that might be all it took to get a few ex­tra floats in the pa­rade this year.

The Santa Claus float had al­ready been given a makeover, and would be a high­light of the event, Brook­land said.

Brook­land said she hope­fully num­bers would be boosted at both the pa­rade and the Fes­ti­val of the Roses with the events held on the same day.

The pa­rade had been go­ing as long as she could re­mem­ber, and it was ‘‘a com­mu­nity-based pa­rade, re­ly­ing heav­ily on schools, sports and church groups for floats’’.

Event or­gan­is­ers are ask­ing peo­ple in­ter­ested in hav­ing a float to get in touch as soon as pos­si­ble, so space could be al­lo­cated.

South Can­ter­bury Christ­mas pa­rades: Te­muka - Novem­ber 25; Geral­dine - De­cem­ber 1; Ti­maru - De­cem­ber 2; Fair­lie and Pleas­ant Point - De­cem­ber 15; Wai­mate - De­cem­ber 16.

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