Crowds greeting Santa
The sun and the crowds were out on Friday night for the Stratford Business Association Christmas parade.
SBA chairperson Ash Rowland says over 2000 people came out to watch the parade.
“The lighting of the Christmas Tree and the musical entertainment were also well attended after the Christmas Parade and enjoyed by all who went.”
She is pleased the event went well, and she was particularly pleased to see everyone following the “honour the line” rule for safety during the parade.
Ash says the volunteer marshalls did an outstanding job, with SBA members, Stratford Cricket Club and the Rotary Satellite Club of Stratford on the night.
A total of 33 groups participated in the parade this year, with 16 floats registered.
Ash says the SBA is grateful to all who got involved.
“Without these people there would be no parade.”
Mayor Neil Volzke, deputy mayor Alan Jamieson, councillor Webby and Youth Council chairperson, Connor Giblin judged this year’s floats and after deliberation named BestStart Stratford as the top float of the year. Second place went to Robinson Electrical and third place to Cook’s Honda. The Best School float title went to Stratford High School.
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Aubrie Wellington (4) enjoyed a cuddle with Ferdie the Bull while she was waiting for the parade to start.
Mayor Neil Volzke shared a sleigh with a VIP guest from the North Pole.
Liam (9) and Devon (5) Sanderson were all smiles on the Eltham Football Club float.