Crowds welcome Santa

05:56, Nov 23 2013
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.
2013 Southland Santa Parade
Images from the 2013 Southland Santa Parade.

Invercargill’s streets were full of Christmas cheer today as the annual Southland Santa Parade cruised through town.

Festival-goers donned shorts and singlets as Southland was treated to hot, sunny weather as costumed characters, elves and clowns danced, walked, cycled and cartwheeled through the streets.

More than 1200 people were involved in the parade and eighty bright, colourful floats and street theatre displays entertained the crowd.

Santa's jolly ho-ho-ho was clearly heard as he wore a microphone for the first time in the parade's history. All funds raised will go to Children at Risk, an initiative by Presbyterian Support.

The parade was led by Cancer Kids on Harley Davidsons and Santa wore a microphone for the first time in the parade’s history.

The parade is believed to be the city’s biggest one-day-event of the year.

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