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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