Santa truly is the man about town

Christmas parade a success

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013
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ROBERT CHARLES
TIS THE SEASON: New Plymouth Santa/Christmas Parade on Devon St.

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Santa came to New Plymouth on Saturday and even the weather came to the party.

The rain stopped just in time as people lined Devon St to watch the traditional Egmont New Plymouth Lion's Christmas parade slowly make its way through the CDB.

The Highland Pipe Band led the way followed by Leo the Lion who has been up the front since the first parade in 1967.

Following along behind were, among others, vintage cars, people dressed as parcels, kids on bikes and a couple of superheroes giving out lollies. Snoopy and the Red Baron also made an appearance.

And coming up behind, led by a dancing brass band, was the man they had all been waiting for - Santa.

Pretty in pink, three-year-old Aimee Butler was dancing and waving with the best of them.

"That's it?" she asked as she looked hopefully up a rapidly emptying Devon St.

When asked what she enjoyed most in the parade, Aimee didn't hesitate.

"Santa."

Sister Laura, 6, agreed, but said she liked Spongebob second. Sahara Cameron, 6, was also a Spongebob Squarepants fan, but said the best part was "when I saw Santa coming".

There was no point asking Neve Walker, 5, what her highlight was. Santa ruled, but she liked the elves next, she said, still munching on lollies.

"Because they're so cool."

More than 50 floats entered this year's parade, organiser John Foreman said, which was more than he has had for some years.

The weather had him worried on Saturday afternoon, he said, and although it meant the crowd was down slightly on other years, there were still a lot of people.

There were three prizes for floats:

Best Commercial Float - Peggy Gordons; Best Community Float - CityLife Church; Best School - Marfell Kindergarten.  

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