Get float entries in soon for Christmas parade

And so this is Christmas — a Storybook Christmas Parade is on at 5pm, Sunday 10 December

And so this is Christmas — a Storybook Christmas Parade is on at 5pm, Sunday 10 December

Christmas Parade

CHRISTMAS is more than two months away, but people hoping to take part in Gisborne’s annual Christmas parade have just four weeks left to register their floats. This year’s parade will take place on Sunday, December 10 at 5pm. Parade organiser Heart of Gisborne says float entries need to be returned by November 14.

HofG manager Lana Davy said this year’s event would follow the usual course — from Palmerston Road, down Grey Street and then along Gladstone Road, but would take place on a Sunday and an hour later than in the past.

“I did a Facebook public poll earlier in the year, asking what the public preference was — Saturday or Sunday — then gave dates to choose from. Sunday the 10th was a winner by a mile — around 98 percent. I also put it out to my members who have in the past wanted it on a Sunday and they also agreed. So of course we did all we could do and went with a majority.

“There were also a lot of comments that people found it too hot for kiddies standing and waiting for the parade, so the suggestion was to have it later.”

The theme this year is: And so this is Christmas — a Storybook Christmas Parade by Heart of Gisborne.

“This theme is exciting because it doesn’t have to be just Christmas stories. It can be any story. Children love to recognise things and it’s exciting for them when they see a character they know in their very own Christmas parade here in Gisborne.

“We are reaching out to our community organisations, schools, preschools, sports clubs and businesses to get on board. It’s the best feeling to see the smiles on kids faces.”

There is no entry fee this year.

Float drivers must have full valid driver licences and all floats must have walking marshals for each of the four corners of the float. Floats are be restricted in size to no longer than seven metres. Guest judges will judge floats and people from a “secret location”.

Participants will be scored on how well they keep to theme, originality, enthusiasm and crowd reaction. There will be prizes for best school, best business, best not-for-profit group, best sport and overall best float.

If postponed due to wet weather, the parade will run on the alternative day of Sunday, December 17. For entry forms and more information contact Lana Davy at Heart of Gisborne or email info@heartofgisborne.org.nz

CHRISTMAS is more than two months away, but people hoping to take part in Gisborne’s annual Christmas parade have just four weeks left to register their floats. This year’s parade will take place on Sunday, December 10 at 5pm. Parade organiser Heart of Gisborne says float entries need to be returned by November 14.

HofG manager Lana Davy said this year’s event would follow the usual course — from Palmerston Road, down Grey Street and then along Gladstone Road, but would take place on a Sunday and an hour later than in the past.

“I did a Facebook public poll earlier in the year, asking what the public preference was — Saturday or Sunday — then gave dates to choose from. Sunday the 10th was a winner by a mile — around 98 percent. I also put it out to my members who have in the past wanted it on a Sunday and they also agreed. So of course we did all we could do and went with a majority.

“There were also a lot of comments that people found it too hot for kiddies standing and waiting for the parade, so the suggestion was to have it later.”

The theme this year is: And so this is Christmas — a Storybook Christmas Parade by Heart of Gisborne.

“This theme is exciting because it doesn’t have to be just Christmas stories. It can be any story. Children love to recognise things and it’s exciting for them when they see a character they know in their very own Christmas parade here in Gisborne.

“We are reaching out to our community organisations, schools, preschools, sports clubs and businesses to get on board. It’s the best feeling to see the smiles on kids faces.”

There is no entry fee this year.

Float drivers must have full valid driver licences and all floats must have walking marshals for each of the four corners of the float. Floats are be restricted in size to no longer than seven metres. Guest judges will judge floats and people from a “secret location”.

Participants will be scored on how well they keep to theme, originality, enthusiasm and crowd reaction. There will be prizes for best school, best business, best not-for-profit group, best sport and overall best float.

If postponed due to wet weather, the parade will run on the alternative day of Sunday, December 17. For entry forms and more information contact Lana Davy at Heart of Gisborne or email info@heartofgisborne.org.nz

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