Santa Claus comes to town

20:27, Dec 03 2012
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The Santa Parade Trust clown during The Leader Nelson City Santa Parade.
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The Leader/Nelson Mail float makes its way down Trafalgar Street.
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On board the Nelson Volunteers Fire Brigade float
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A marcher from Community Art Works bounces past.
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On board the PBT Transport float during The Leader Nelson City Santa Parade.
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Marchers from The Salad Bowl make their way down Trafalgar St.
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Schoolchildren blow bubbles during The Leader Nelson City Santa Parade.
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Marchers from Glen James Jewellers accompany an inflatable Santa.
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Eleven year old Pippi Rowling and nine year old Miya Ellis, both of Nelson, had more balloons than anybody else
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The Raijin Taiko Drummers float brings noise and passion to the parade.
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The "main man" makes his entrance during The Leader Nelson City Santa Parade in Trafalgar Street on Sunday.

The Leader Nelson City Santa Parade saw more than 30 floats heading down Trafalgar St yesterday, including, at the end of the procession, the big guy himself aboard his bright red reindeer-powered sleigh.

Santa parade stalwart Graham Shirley, who has been involved in every parade since they started more than 25 years ago, said a lot had changed during that time.

"It's become more sophisticated. When we started we only had MDF cut-outs of reindeer on a TNL trailer," he said.

This year's street performers included motorcyclists doing stunts, unicyclists, marching girls, dancers and clowns. The parade started at the Church Steps and then headed down Trafalgar St before turning into Wainui St and heading down Weka St and North Rd to Founders Heritage Park for the Classic Hits Christmas Carnivale.

Once at the park, Santa took a seat in his grotto where he heard children's present requests.

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