Weather halts street pa­rade

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Katikati’s gi­ant Christ­mas tree went up on Fri­day — in the rain. And the rain kept fall­ing into Satur­day which meant the Li­ons Club of Katikati faced hav­ing to can­cel its an­nual Christ­mas Pa­rade for the first time in 46 years.

Li­ons Pa­rade or­gan­iser David Eddy said they have at times in the past gone ahead when the weather’s been touch and go, but on Satur­day the weather was atro­cious.

“We re­ally had no al­ter­na­tive. It was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing for a lot of peo­ple, but we don’t have any con­trol over the weather.”

Plan­ning for the pa­rade starts six months out from the event.

“There is a huge amount of things be­hind the scenes that have to be done that peo­ple don’t see. The other prob­lem is the route we take along main­street re­quires part of State High­way 2 to be closed.

“Next year we will look at a carry-over date and will have the plan­ning in place for that,” he said.

David has been run­ning the pa­rade for all 46 years and is hop­ing to step down now. He said he was pleased with the num­ber of reg­is­tra­tions for par­tic­i­pants in the pa­rade and with the com­mu­nity re­sponse. He hopes that will con­tinue next year with a greater num­ber of peo­ple tak­ing part.

“I hope next year the weather will be bang on.”

Katch Katikati’s Jac­qui Knight said the big Christ­mas tree went up with­out a hitch with a good turnout from Katch Katikati. With the help of a cher­ryp­icker from Aon­gatete Av­o­ca­dos the team got the job done in an hour. Once the weather clears Barry will have his sleigh hitched and Christ­mas flags will go up in the main street.

Lights twin­kle on the gi­ant Christ­mas tree and dec­o­ra­tions grac­ing the top of the Katikati Me­mo­rial Hall.

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