Here comes Santa… on November 28

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A street performer during a previous Southland Santa Parade.

IT’S all about community, says Southland Santa Parade co-organiser Alice Pottinger.

What began as a Christmas parade with nine full-sized sponsored floats has, 21 years later, evolved into a diverse parade of at least 55 placements, including 26 floats, bands, performers and community groups.

“It is the single largest one-day event in Southland,” she said.

Into her sixth year co-organising the event, Mrs Pottinger said about 2000 people took part in the annual parade, some as part of a float, some in community groups and walkers, others as street entertainers or helping people get ready and various other volunteers.

“It brings the community closer… and is great for Invercargill.”

Mrs Pottinger encouraged members of the community to enter a float, or join in as a street entertainer or walker.

“There are all sorts of opportunities for creative people to be involved and share their talents.

“We would love groups of people who are involved in the performing arts, such as jugglers, unicyclists, stilt walkers and so on to be involved.”

Now was the time to register your float or community group, she said.

“We have just sent out the entry forms, but we are keen for new entrants, those who had not taken part before, to make contact.”

Wardrobe assistants were also needed on the day, as well as a for a couple of Saturdays prior to the parade to help people find the costume for them.

“We have a collection of Christmas and fantasy-themed costumes which participants were welcome to use on the day.”

It was also a great opportunity for groups of people to “have fun” putting together a float and/or outfits.

“It’s about enjoying the whole process.”

The parade will be held on Saturday, November 28, from 2pm, travelling along Gala, Dee, tay and Kelvins Sts, Invercargill.

  • For information, or to enter, go to the Southland Santa Parade Facebook page.
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