Parade organiser 'quietly confident'

Last updated 15:17 23/11/2012

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Invercargill residents are hoping it does not rain on their parade tomorrow.

Southland Santa Parade organiser Rob Ashby said he was quietly confident the sun would shine and everyone involved with the parade hoped he was right.

A fair day is forecast for one of the biggest days in Southland.

According to MetService today, Invercargill will reach a high of 17degC and will be mostly cloudy, with the odd chance of rain and westerlies.

If the the weather took a turn for the worse, the parade committee would make a decision to postpone it at 9.30am, MrAshby said.

''Listen to Southland radio stations from 10am to find out,'' he said.

Mr Ashby said 63 groups would make up this year's lineup, which includes about 16 floats, and street walkers would be fundraising for Diabetes Youth Southland.

About 1200 people involved with the parade would be on the streets and about 20,000 people are expected to crowd Invercargill streets to watch Santa Claus and his helpers along with marching girls, elves and reindeer for the annual Southland Santa Parade.

The parade will begin on Gala St at 2pm, snaking its way down Dee St, Tay St, Kelvin St and circling back to Gala St again.

Mr Ashby expected the parade would take about one hour and thirty minutes.

Parade roads and surrounding streets such as Don St and Esk St would close from noon.

If people were parked on those streets already, they could exit them until 1pm before they closed, he said.

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