Reindeer replace old trout at Gore parade
The iconic trout that featured in the Gore Santa Parade has "done its dash" and will be replaced by reindeer made by a taxidermist in South Canterbury.
Forty floats are set to hit the streets as part of this year's parade which is followed by the Christmas in the Park Concert.
Gore District Council parks and recreation manager Ian Soper said the iconic trout, which featured on the council's float for four years, would be replaced by four reindeer.
The trout had deteriorated and "done its dash" because it was not designed to go outside, he said.
"While the trout was unique it was far from traditional."
The reindeer were made by a taxidermist in South Canterbury who had a mould and made them out of fibreglass. They would sit on the float with Santa Claus and Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks, he said.
Council human resources and administration manager Susan Jones said a first this year would be schoolchildren on the council's float.
Pukerau Primary School pupils would jump aboard this time but different schools would feature each year, she said.
"We wanted to get the schools involved. That's what it's all about, making it fun for the kids."
The children will also have plenty to do at the concert including face painting, bouncy castle and merry-go-round.
Former Gore residents Kayla Mahon and Taylor Cairns of the band The Heartleys are returning from Australia for Christmas and will be among those performing at the concert.
"People are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy a nice day out with the family," she said.
Float registrations closed this week but late entries are still being accepted. The parade starts at noon on Sunday, December 16, and the concert runs until 4pm.
The Southland Times