Stepping out at the Santa parade

Last updated 13:00 16/12/2013

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Harriet the Fiat Bambina recently arrived in Golden Bay by trailer - and, as Takaka Hill is just too much for her, she's there to stay.

Cranksy the Clown, who claims to have been "born a clown", bought her on Trade Me.

Harriet was one of the smaller vehicles in the Takaka Santa Parade on Saturday. Carrying clowns Cranky and Bow, who were cooling a surprised crowd in the hot and sunny weather with a high-powered water pistol, Harriet mingled with tractors, fire engines, trucks and a more than a few horses.

"Harriet wanted to come and meet the crowd," said Bow.

Parade organiser Dave Myall said the event went "really well" and featured some different floats and displays this year, including three large boots made by the Golden Bay Wednesday Walkers.

He estimated that more than 800 people attended the parade, which featured 45 floats.

Jenny Maclaren came up with the boots idea for the Wednesday Walkers, and wore one of them in the parade. The group regularly traverses Golden Bay's lesser-known walking tracks.

She said she had been to Santa parades in Rangiora, and felt that "more effort needed to be made".

The boots were light, and those wearing them were easily able to see where they were going, she said.

Piers Maclaren and Erhard Wingles wore the other two boots, and were attended by helpful "elves" Zoe and Paige Langford.

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