Plenty of fun for mar­ket and pa­rade

Waihi Leader - - News - By CAR­MEN HALL [email protected]­

Santa will be a star at­trac­tion on Satur­day as Waihi’s an­nual Christ­mas Pa­rade gets set to cel­e­brate the fes­tive sea­son.

The count­down is on and or­gan­is­ers say the pop­u­lar cal­en­dar event was the per­fect chance to get into the Christ­mas spirit.

Or­gan­ised by Go Waihi with main spon­sor­ship from Har­courts Gold Star Real Es­tate the event has been com­bined with a mar­ket day to en­tice shop­pers.

Go Waihi co-or­di­na­tor Brian Gen­til says it is a starter for the Christ­mas and sum­mer sea­son.

“We get re­ally good feed­back from peo­ple . . . and the beauty of ours is you are on a float or you are watch­ing. Lots of peo­ple know each other so it’s a real com­mu­nity spirit.”

There would be en­ter­tain­ment from 9.30am in town with lots of stalls show­cas­ing a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts and crafts.

“They will add to the flavour of the day with the shops also tak­ing ad­van­tage of the vis­i­tors com­ing into town. We have lots of tourist here al­ready and I am notic­ing an in­flux of mo­tor homes as well as in­de­pen­dent trav­ellers .”

“It’s a sure sign that look out sum­mer is on the way and the busy pe­riod.”

Mean­while lo­cal mu­si­cians who played in the band Id Izwadd Iz would play out­side the Memo­rial Hall while crowds on up­per Sed­don Street would be en­ter­tained by a Dix­ieland jazz band.

The pa­rade would start at 1pm with an ar­ray of float prizes up for grabs.

“Peo­ple will hear the solo bag­piper and then here comes the pa­rade and Santa.”

Har­courts Gold Star Real Es­tate gen­eral man­ager Greg Shep­pard says it wanted sup­port Waihi’s com­mu­nity spirit and the Christ­mas pa­rade was a great event.

“It’s a well or­gan­ised event that we want to sup­port and the kids love it so we want to be in­volved and it’s a re­ally good pa­rade. The streets are lined with peo­ple from Waihi and other dis­tricts and they re­ally get be­hind it.”

“The streets are closed off and the floats run up and down a cou­ple of times and there are prizes given away and it’s lots of fun.”


Waihi’s Christ­mas Pa­rade and Mar­ket Day is on this Satur­day.

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