Santa parade is area's first

BEARING UP: Haribo Bear will treat kids to a lolly scramble at the after-parade picnic.
BEARING UP: Haribo Bear will treat kids to a lolly scramble at the after-parade picnic.

Greenhithe's small, close-knit community is putting on its first Santa parade, just in time to help a local charity.

On November 21, the area's Riding For The Disabled club's hay shed in the nearby Churchouse Rd paddocks burnt down, taking an irrigation tank with it.

Organised by Shelly Mackay from Harcourts Cooper & Co, the parade will have about 30 floats and will feature the Auckland Police Pipe Band and a walking nativity scene.

Ms Mackay, a seasoned event manager who has previously organised Taste for Auckland and Top Gear events, is already feeling excited.

"I'm a Greenhithe resident. I'm passionate about this parade," she says.

Led by Community Constable Troy Williamson, the procession will start at the fire station end of Greenhithe Rd.

Hundreds will take part including children from Greenhithe School, the kindergarten, scout and guiding groups, local clubs and senior citizens.

Finishing at Roland Rd's War Memorial Park, Harcourts is providing a gold coin picnic featuring a sausage sizzle, chocolate fountain, bouncy castles and lolly scramble.

All money raised will go to Riding For The Disabled Ms Mackay says.

The Greenhithe Santa Parade starts at 11am on Sunday. Phone Shelly on 413 6255.

North Shore Times