Santa's sleigh ready to roll

04:05, Dec 07 2012
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The annual Christmas Parade rolls through Blenheim from 2pm tomorrow, with a pre-parade concert at 1pm.

There will be lots to see, with 34 floats in the parade featuring everything from monster trucks to miniature ponies, dogs dressed in Christmas outfits, bands and a walking group and, of course, Santa riding the Marlborough Lines Santa's sleigh float.

The parade, supported by Marlborough Lines and McDonald's, is due to run for about an hour with a great afternoon of family fun to follow, starting about 3pm with a medley of upbeat and Christmas-themed songs from the all-girl band The Hummingbirds, along with the beautiful harmonies of Fella Voce.

Graham Gibson
Vintage Farm Machinery members decorate a float for the Christmas parade. Graham Gibson (front) with Shirley Shefford and Doris Holdaway in the 1940's Oliver tractor

For the kids, Marlborough 4 Fun are bringing a Christmas feel with snow machines, Santa's cave and many other free activities.

The parade is an all-Marlborough affair, with each float put together by a Marlborough business or organisation.

Organised by Marlborough 4 Fun, the parade begins at 2pm outside Blenheim School, in Hutcheson St, and heads through the central business area.

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