A ‘record-break­ing’ Xmas pa­rade

Hawke's Bay Today - - Dannervirke News - Chris­tine McKay

Last Satur­day’s Dan­nevirke Christ­mas pa­rade was phe­nom­e­nal, or­gan­iser Suresh Pa­tel says.

“It was bril­liant and on par with last year’s record-breaker,” he said.

“The cal­i­bre of the floats was out­stand­ing and a lot of time and ef­fort had gone into most of them and there was a good range and va­ri­ety of floats which all added to the vibe on High St.”

Pa­tel said the work done by Steve Wal­lace, who acted as MC in the cen­tre of town, in­ter­view­ing those on floats as they passed by was “bril­liant”.

Not only did the pa­rade draw large crowds, there was a spin-off for the Fan­tasy Cave, with 159 peo­ple vis­it­ing dur­ing the two hours the cave was open on Satur­day, Cave Dweller Liz Edwards said.

“We had a lot of peo­ple from Hawke’s Bay who make the an­nual pil­grim­age to the pa­rade and the cave,” she said.

Sue Berry, chair­woman of the Dan­nevirke Cham­ber of Com­merce, which or­gan­ises the pa­rade, said she couldn’t think of any other event in town which in­volves so many.

“The en­tries were spec­tac­u­lar and I didn’t envy the judges,” she said.

With Dan­nevirke Mitre 10’s spon­sor­ship, or­gan­is­ers were able to of­fer mon­e­tary prizes for win­ners and run­ners up in each cat­e­gory.

At Mon­day night’s prize­giv­ing, Cham­ber mem­ber Hamish Ill­s­ley made a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion to Mr Pa­tel, ac­knowl­edg­ing his out­stand­ing ef­forts in bring­ing the pa­rade to­gether.

“He’s so pas­sion­ate.

“This guy starts or­gan­is­ing in June and re­ally drives the pa­rade along,” he said.

The KB Ford team took out the cham­pion float prize and Bar­ney Mabey, aka Elvis, said they were “over the moon.”

“The win was so ex­cit­ing,” he said. Roly El­lis, one of the three judges, said the va­ri­ety of floats was in­cred­i­ble.

“There were so many young­sters in­volved which is good be­cause they’re the fu­ture of our town,” he said.

The To­tara Col­lege float shared the Christ­mas mes­sage.

The Dan­nevirke Brass Band, with mu­si­cians from Napier, Welling­ton, Feild­ing, Palmer­ston North and Woodville, lead the pa­rade down High St.

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