Crowds enjoy festive fun

19:08, Nov 25 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade
LEFT: Kate Crowe, 4, and Sarah Crowe, 2 with Madison Duncan, 14, on the Diabetes Youth Southland float ready for the Southland Santa Parade. RIGHT: Clowns ready for action ahead of the parade.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
John Marron, 11, and Wilson Ludlow, 10, at the parade.
Santa and Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt
BESTIES: Santa and Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt are ready for the Southland Santa Parade today
2012 Southland Santa Parade
Asya Schmidt at the Southland Santa Parade.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
From left, Irene Fwler, 6, Siahn Nilsen, 6, and Avthokea Fowler, 9, enjoy the parade.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
Kane Hannagan, 8, Mel Canning, Jacob Hannagan, 7, and Lisa Nicoll.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
Santa, the star of the show, rocks up on the final float.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
A float in the 2012 Southland Santa parade.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
A float in the 2012 Southland Santa parade.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
The 2012 Southland Santa Parade.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
Southland Santa Parade 2012
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.
2012 Southland Santa Parade
2012 Southland Santa Parade in Invercargill on Saturday.

Invercargill turned into a festive wonderland this afternoon as elves, reindeer and cartwheeling girls entertained thousands of eager spectators.

Warm summer sunshine added to the pre-Christmas fever as plenty of excited spectators flooded the streets to watch the 14th annual Southland Santa Parade.

Awesome and cool was how the children described the parade. Avthokea Fowler, 9, said the best part of the parade was the Flintstones float while Irene Fowler and Siahn Nilsen, both 6, said the giant seal was the highlight.

2012 Southland Santa Parade
The star of the 2012 Southland Santa Parade.

Kane, 8, and Jacob Hannagan, 7, said the parade was awesome and the best part was the motocross bikes and wheelies.

Parade organiser Rob Ashby said the weather was fantastic and he could not have asked for a better day.
''It was perfect. Great day, good crowd, no dramas at all.''

The highlight of the parade was the children, the Bluff oyster boat and Po the kung fu panda.

The crowd had enjoyed the parade and there were plenty of new plans for next year, he said.

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