Toko­roa turns out for Santa

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

When Santa came to Toko­roa on Satur­day he had to brave con­di­tions a whole lot warmer than what he would be used to at his North Pole home.

Sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple turned out on a scorch­ing day to watch the an­nual Toko­roa Christ­mas pa­rade.

Floats show­cased many as­pects of the com­mu­nity, from schools to clubs and busi­nesses but the man in red was the most an­tic­i­pated spec­ta­cle.

Te Awhi Mai Te Ko­hanga Reo won the best over­all float award as well as win­ning the school sec­tion.

Sec­ond in the school sec­tion was Ata Marie Te Ko­hanga Reo with Cargill Open Plan third.

Toko­roa Pip­pins won the com­mu­nity and club floats sec­tion with Mainly Mu­sic sec­ond and Paraonui Sea Scouts third.

Raukawa’s waka was voted the top busi­ness float. New World was sec­ond while third equal were McDon­alds and Raukawa’s sec­ond float.

Strath­more School won a spe­cial ward for best walk­ing group.

Pu­taruru’s Christ­mas pa­rade is on Fri­day from 6pm.

HO HO HO: Santa kept cool be­hind his sun­glasses.

TU MEKE: Raukawa were among the float award win­ners on Satur­day.

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