Santa floats on by

02:00, Dec 09 2013
Timaru Christmas Parade 2013
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Timaru Christmas Parade 2013
Tough participants Kyokushin Karate members strike a pose during the Timaru parade.
Timaru Christmas Parade 2013
David Draffin, left, Tayla Shore and Jason Hodgett put a nativity spin on the festivities.
Timaru Christmas Parade 2013
Timaru mayor Damon Odey joined the Timaru Christmas Parade on Saturday with his son Mac.
Timaru Christmas Parade 2013
A big smiley face spreads seasonal cheer along Stafford St in the Timaru Christmas Parade.
Timaru Christmas Parade 2013
A "morph-suit" Santa makes his way along Stafford St on a unicycle.
Timaru Christmas Parade 2013
Santa makes his way down Port Loop Rd to greet onlookers in Timaru.

Santa is doing the rounds, spreading festive cheer to the people of South Canterbury.

He was among the many people who toured the streets of Timaru on Saturday as part of the town's popular Christmas parade.

Click the gallery, left, for photos of Geraldine's Christmas Parade, held on Friday night.

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Winchester Rural School pupils wave to the crowds as they tour the streets of Geraldine in the Christmas Parade.
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Tahlea Bradshaw, of St Andrews Church, hands out lollies to people at the Geraldine Christmas Parade.
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Geraldine Preschool representatives get into the festive spirit.
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Leo Camora, of Chile, entertains the crowds at the Geraldine Christmas Parade on Friday.
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Jacob Arras, left, pushes fellow Scout Ben Williams around the streets of Geraldine during the Christmas parade.
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Jill Pidgeon, with children Tasman, left, and Hayley, took a sleigh to the Geraldine Christmas Parade in support of Four Peaks Transport.
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A float representing Lynn River joins the Geraldine parade.

Thousands of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the 40 floats, which travelled through the CBD and along Port Loop Rd. This year's theme was "The Reason for the Season".

Event manager Debra Still said the parade was a great success thanks to the many people who went the extra mile to decorate a float.

Warm, sunny weather also played a part in the day's success, she said.

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ON PARADE: The Timaru Christmas parade on the main street.

"The weather was perfect, and the community support."

There were 10 new floats added to this year's lineup. This year's event also attracted more floats by childrens' groups than in previous years, which was another pleasing aspect to see on the day, she said.

The award for the best float went to the Timaru Presbyterian Churches, who told the story of Mary and Joseph.

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ON PARADE: The Timaru Christmas parade on the main street.

They started their journey through Timaru with Mary riding a donkey, before requesting a night at the inn, also known as the Hydro Grand.

The Timaru Herald