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Call for more floats

RANI TIMOTI
Last updated 05:00 30/11/2012
Kumeu Christmas Parade

GET INVOLVED: Schools, businesses and community groups are encouraged to enter floats in for the Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade on December 7.

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Floats are urgently needed for the Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade.

"We really need some more floats otherwise it's going to be a really sad parade," parade general manager Dale Wallace says.

So far only 20 have entered for the traditional event on December 7.

But the usual school, business and community groups have got their floats ready to go, including a new Hare Krishna entry.

Santa will this year be arriving in a matching fire appliance preceded by the Kumeu Baptist Church carol singers.

Auckland mayor Len Brown makes a return visit, along with councillor Penny Webster and Rodney Local Board members Thomas Grace and Brenda Steele as judges for the floats.

The cut-off for entries is on December 5 to help make everything flow easier for organisers like parade marshall Cam Crawford.

Mrs Wallace says it's taken a lot more work to get issues sorted to cater for Auckland Council's health and safety plan.

"Hopefully we're going to have a even more safer parade."

Children under five are welcome on the floats as long as they are supervised by adults. There is also a "lost child" area at the Kumeu fire station.

Water bombs and canons are banned this year for both entrants and spectators and clowns and other costumed characters will be handing out lollies so children don't have to run on to the parade.

Mrs Wallace says there will be plenty of volunteers like the Lions, Rotary members and community patrollers along with police and emergency service people on hand including doctors and a veterinarian.

The main road will be closed at 6.45pm.

Contact Lyn Anderson on 412 8068, by email jacko-lyn@xtra.co.nz or call Dale Wallace on 412 9611, by email twal@xtra.co.nz for more information.

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