Christmas parade big hit despite the heat
A BIG crowd withstood very warm conditions in the Derwent Valley for the annual New Norfolk Christmas parade on Saturday.
The pageant had more than 30 entries, including representation from local schools, emergency service volunteers and businesses, doing two laps of High St.
Shade was in short supply as the temperature climbed above 28C but the parade kept everyone entertained.
The ever-popular Derwent Valley Concert Band had a spring in its step, adding tinsel and other adornments to its uniform, as well as breaking into song at several intervals.
Organised by the Derwent Valley Rotary Club on behalf of the New Norfolk Business Alliance, the parade was broadcast live on local community radio station Tyga FM, with station manager Roz Chapman and Craig Farrell MLC giving a commentary.
The judging panel of Lyons MHR Brian Mitchell, Lyons MHA Guy Barnett and Derwent Valley Mayor Ben Shaw named New Norfolk Primary School as having the best presentation in the parade, followed by the Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy and the MoCo Dragon Boat Club.
New Norfolk’s Saturday market was suspended because of the parade but will return next Saturday from 8am-2pm in the town centre.