Christ­mas pa­rade is tak­ing shape

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

Around 50 Christ­mas themed floats will set out form the Rail­way Land this Sun­day at 2pm for the sea­sonal pro­ces­sion round The Square.

Kairanga Li­ons pa­rade or­gan­iser Carol Kelly says the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants is down on last year’s de­spite there be­ing 11 new en­trants this time.

‘‘Peo­ple come and go, and in­ter­est and in­volve­ment is still pretty strong,’’ she says.

This year sees a rein­tro­duc­tion of a dec­o­rated bike class that was pop­u­lar dur­ing pa­rades in the 60s and 70s.

‘‘Pri­mary school chil­dren have been in­vited to dec­o­rate their bikes, and they can ride them in the pa­rade. We’ve sent it out to pri­mary schools and we’ve got quite a few en­tries, but there is still room for more.’’

En­tries are avail­able on the web­site PNChrist­mas­pa­

‘‘All the de­tails are there, and par­tic­i­pants have to wear a hel­met.’’

The pa­rade starts an hour ear­lier than usual af­ter feed­back sug­gested that by the time a 3pm pa­rade fin­ished, it was get­ting a bit late in the day.

It is pre­ceded by the Red Cross and Coun­try Fair mar­kets and mu­sic in The Square.

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