Start plan­ning pa­rade floats

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

It is ex­actly one month un­til the Ro­tary Gisler Christ­mas Pa­rade takes place in Te Awa­mutu — time to en­ter your float and start plan­ning and build­ing.

Te Awa­mutu Ro­tary Club has taken over the event, and with the sup­port of main spon­sor Gisler Ar­chi­tects, plus Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil and Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Board, is con­tin­u­ing the an­nual tra­di­tion of a Christ­mas float pa­rade.

Ro­tary pres­i­dent Chris Kay says the club is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the pop­u­lar event.

As part of their prepa­ra­tion they con­tacted main street busi­nesses and were pleased the gen­eral at­ti­tude is sup­port­ive of the com­mu­nity event.

He said Ro­tary plans to work with re­tail­ers to try and get them more in­volved next year.

Chris says the club has also ap­pre­ci­ated of­fers of help from other groups from within the com­mu­nity.

Alexan­dra St from Arawata/Sloane St to Mutu/Rewi St will be closed on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8 from 7am un­til 4pm.

Sel­wyn Lane, Gorst Ave, Churchill St be­hind the Events Cen­tre and Ma­hoe St from Arawata St to Sel­wyn Lane will also be closed at that time and from 11am un­til 4pm Ma­hoe St from Churchill St to Arawata St and Arawata St from Ma­hoe St to Alexan­dra St will also be closed for the pa­rade and clean-up.

Cafe´ owner and Te Awa­mutu Rod and Cus­tom Club mem­ber Mur­ray Peter­son will once again be host­ing a dis­play of hot rods, clas­sic and cus­tom cars around Cen­tral Cafe´ dur­ing the morn­ing.

The Ro­tary Gisler Christ­mas Pa­rade gets un­der way at noon.

Or­gan­is­ers would like en­trants to start as­sem­bling at Sel­wyn Park from 9am.

The pub­lic is ad­vised to ar­rive in plenty of time to park and walk to the main street and be set up for a good view of the event.

The pa­rade will travel both sides of Alexan­dra St, with ex­cel­lent view­ing from both foot­paths.

For safety or­gan­is­ers will be keep­ing the road­way and me­dian strip clear.

There are three cat­e­gories for float en­tries:

Com­mer­cial/Busi­ness; Ser­vice Clubs and So­ci­eties; Chil­dren and Youth.

Gisler Ar­chi­tects is spon­sor­ing prizes in all three cat­e­gories.

En­tries can be made on­line by us­ing the link from Te Awa­mutu Ro­tary Club’s teawa­mu­tur­o­ web­site. Al­ter­na­tively en­trants can use the web­sites on­line con­tacts or phone Chris on 027 294 6562.

Court­ney Bat­tensby and 7-year-old son Toby.

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