Christmas parade a big success

TANYA WOOD
Last updated 12:30 01/12/2011
Christmas Parade
Imperial march: Darth Vader and a stormtrooper sidekick join the action at the Levin Christmas Parade.

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Father Christmas came to town, his sleigh and reindeer taking a cheeky rest on the back of truck, as it followed a parade of more than 50 floats and groups in the annual Levin Christmas parade.

More than 3000 people turned out to watch brass bands, vintage motors, classic manger scenes, and even an unseasonal appearance by Darth Vader and couple of Stormtroopers, as they wound their way down Weraroa Rd and back to the Levin howgrounds.

Prizes were awarded to the top three floats, with Catherine Inger School of Dance winning the commercial section, and Horowhenua Filipino Cultural Group the non- commercial.

The evening carnival at the showgrounds included food stalls, children's rides and face painting, with live music and Christmas carols to finish.

Event manager Louise Dench, on her first year helping organise the event, said there were "no hiccups or dramas".

"It was a huge success in my eyes.

"Watching families sitting down, relaxing and enjoying the music is what it's really all about for me, and of course Santa's grotto was a great hit as usual."

And Santa had a special message to all Horowhenua Mail readers.

"Ho, ho, ho, have a very merry Christmas and be kind to one another."

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