Merry Christmas Gisborne

The biggest Christmas Parade for years was enjoyed by thousands of people who lined the city centre streets yesterday for the annual event. It was “full-on entertainment”, said one person. There were 33 floats — the most in five years — lots of giveaways and plenty of colour. Santa and his sleigh (pictured) are towed down the main street by an elf on a quad bike. All pictures by Paul Rickard
A happy bunch of young “sailors” salute the crowd. This year’s parade theme was Love our Moana (ocean).

Thousands lined the city centre streets yesterday afternoon for the biggest Christmas Parade the region has seen in several years.

Children of all ages loved the colourful floats, festive atmosphere and giveaways.

Trust Tairawhiti city centre vibrancy manager Lana Davy said it was an incredible parade made up of 33 floats.

“It was the biggest parade we’ve had in years and years.”

Adding colour was a rainbow float created by Tairawhiti Rainbow Action to support this region’s LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex) residents.

They were supported by the New Zealand Police — who decorated one of their patrol cars with rainbow stripes and drove it down from Auckland especially for the parade — riders from the State Highway 35 motorcycle group, EIT and Diamond Bell productions.

Ms Davy said Trust Tairawhiti was grateful for the effort put in to all floats including amazing body-painting, costumes and decorations.

“We also want to thank Gisborne Speedway Club. They generously handed out child passes to the speedway as they went round.”

There was also a float competition based on theme, originality, enthusiasm and crowd reaction. Winners were – Surf Lifesaving (best sport), St John Youth (best community group), Pohutukawa Kids (best school or preschool), Waste Management (best overall, best business) and Rainbow Action Group/EIT/Diamond Belle (organisers’ choice).

Thousands lined the city centre streets yesterday afternoon for the biggest Christmas Parade the region has seen in several years.

Children of all ages loved the colourful floats, festive atmosphere and giveaways.

Trust Tairawhiti city centre vibrancy manager Lana Davy said it was an incredible parade made up of 33 floats.

“It was the biggest parade we’ve had in years and years.”

Adding colour was a rainbow float created by Tairawhiti Rainbow Action to support this region’s LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex) residents.

They were supported by the New Zealand Police — who decorated one of their patrol cars with rainbow stripes and drove it down from Auckland especially for the parade — riders from the State Highway 35 motorcycle group, EIT and Diamond Bell productions.

Ms Davy said Trust Tairawhiti was grateful for the effort put in to all floats including amazing body-painting, costumes and decorations.

“We also want to thank Gisborne Speedway Club. They generously handed out child passes to the speedway as they went round.”

There was also a float competition based on theme, originality, enthusiasm and crowd reaction. Winners were – Surf Lifesaving (best sport), St John Youth (best community group), Pohutukawa Kids (best school or preschool), Waste Management (best overall, best business) and Rainbow Action Group/EIT/Diamond Belle (organisers’ choice).

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Peter Jones - 4 days ago
I was so disgusted by last year's parade which was virtue seeking for globalism and diversity that I nearly didn't go. Congratulations to this year's participants for fighting back and keeping that element in the minority.