Crowd flocks to Xmas parade

Characters give Santa a run for his money

Last updated 13:00 09/12/2013
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FESTIVE SPIRIT: Marchers from Dress Up Box entertain crowds at Richmond's Santa parade.

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Santa was still the star of the show but he got a run for his money when he lined up with around 35 colourful floats for a slow trip down Queen St for the Richmond Pak 'n Save Santa Parade.

Decked in tinsel and Santa hats the young, and the young at heart, watched as a local business, schools, community groups and bands strutted their stuff yesterday supported by jugglers, dancers, and a mass of Santa's helpers.

Led by a 1901 Clayton and Shuttleworth traction engine the parade included marching teams, pipe bands, speedway cars, pre-school and kindergartens, giant trucks, church groups, the Richmond ASB Aquatic Centre, pole dancers, brightly dressed Zumba dancers, cars, lollies, tinsel and more lollies.

Glen James Jeweller's float featuring an inflatable Santa, boats and a very active foam machine won first prize, a truck load of Wakefield pre-schoolers won second and third prize went to the Nelson-Tasman kindergartens' display of a horde of small children dressed as presents.

Richmond Unlimited co-ordinator Kim Quint said it was a great day. "Absolutely awesome."

"The crowd was great - they appeared from who knows where and I can't begin to thank all of the parade's supporters - there were so many people working behind the scenes - we could not have done it without them all."

The parade was a community event and brought out the best of Richmond, she said. Richmond's next festive event will be market day on December 30.

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