Riverton's great parade

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 07:08 25/12/2012

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From reindeer on dirt bikes to alien space ships, motorised couches, smurfs, and wise men, the Riverton Christmas Parade rolled out something for just about everyone on Christmas Eve.

Hundreds turned out to Palmerston St by 7pm yesterday with ice creams, fish n chips and coffees to watch the parade of floats, classic cars, tractors and mobility scooter-powered Santas take over the main road through town by 7.30pm.

At the Senior Citizens Rooms, organiser Raewyn Black commandeered the microphone to direct the participants out the door, handing them costumes taken out of boxes, as the bagpipes tuned outside the building.

Smurfs high-fived angels and small shephards adjusted the sheets on their head as they followed elves dressed in sparkling green tights towards the parade start.

A highlight for many was the Gangnam Style-themed stationary bikes ridden by enthusiastic cyclists.

Though for Aliya Barlow-Richardson, 2, who hung out the window of her family's 1961 pink Cadillac, waving to nearly all the participants, the most exciting entries involved big wheels and machinery, her mum said.

Terry-Anne Barlow said it was the second year she had brought her daughter to the parade. Seeing it from Aliya's grandparents' vintage car was definitely a highlight.

''It was really good - the tractors were a big favourite.''

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