Santa ready for pa­rade in Napier

Napier Courier - - News -

Santa is look­ing for­ward to be­ing the spe­cial guest once again at the Napier City Christ­mas Pa­rade, on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2.

While the man in red was too busy pre­par­ing for his world­wide whirl­wind de­liv­ery tour on Christ­mas Eve to pro­vide a lengthy com­ment to­day, he did man­age to send a quick mes­sage to say that he thought Napier chil­dren are some of the best be­haved he has seen lately — at least, that’s what it has seemed like from his sleigh.

The pa­rade will start at 1pm, leav­ing from Clive Me­mo­rial Square, trav­el­ling up Ten­nyson Street, across Hast­ings Street, and turn­ing right into Emer­son Street, fin­ish­ing at Clive Me­mo­rial Square.

It will be fol­lowed by a Christ­mas Fi­esta, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

The pa­rade is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort by Napier City Coun­cil (NCC), Mitre 10 MEGA Napier and Hast­ings and Napier City Busi­ness Inc, which has in­cluded ad­ver­tis­ing the event, pro­vid­ing ma­te­ri­als and re­sources for floats and dis­plays, and or­gan­is­ing the Christ­mas Fi­esta.

The Mitre 10 MEGA Napier and Hast­ings team will also be hand­ing good­ies out to kids be­fore the pa­rade, while the fi­esta will fea­ture en­ter­tain­ment, a bouncy cas­tle, food stalls, and Santa’s grotto — an op­por­tu­nity for pho­tos with Santa.

While Santa is in town he “bor­rows’ a sleigh de­signed and con­structed by MTG Hawke’s Bay and Coun­cil de­pot staff, which was first used in the pa­rade in 2015.

“One thing re­ally stands out ev­ery year for me at the pa­rade — the ob­vi­ous de­light it brings to all the chil­dren,” says NCC mar­ket­ing man­ager, Re­becca Ainsworth. “That’s why Napier City Coun­cil choose to put this event on ev­ery year.”

NCC is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in other ways, with MTG Hawke’s Bay fo­cus­ing on Christ­mas crafts in the kids’ Drop In Zone, and the Na­tional Aquar­ium of New Zealand and An­i­mal Con­trol be­ing rep­re­sented in the pa­rade.

There are 45 reg­is­tra­tions to date for this year’s pa­rade, in­clud­ing four pipe bands, three march­ing groups and a range of mas­cots, says event or­gan­iser Jonathan Smith of Even­ti­mento.

“We’ve got not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses, com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions — all sorts.

“The par­tic­i­pants re­ally are a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our di­verse com­mu­ni­ties and their take on Christ­mas, what it means to them.”

Mickey Mouse is pop­u­lar with the pa­rade au­di­ence.

Christ­mas Pa­rade Napier 2017.

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