Santa set for his big trip south

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The Filipino community will be dressed in their finery when they take part in the Santa Parade in Invercargill on November 28.

SANTA has had a bit of a cough, according to Invercargill Santa Parade organiser Alice Pottinger.

But his Covid-19 test was negative and he was on track to make it in time for the Santa Parade on Saturday, November 28.

“He’s pretty isolated in the North Pole so it was just a cold,” she said.

However, Mrs Pottinger and Santa, were still seeking volunteers to help out as walkers in the parade.

There were now 62 confirmed entrants so it promised to be a colourful and exciting event. There was even a special request for the weather.

“I’ve dialled up a sunny day.”

Because of Santa’s busy schedule at this time of year, the parade was held on the last weekend of November so it didn’t clash with the Bluff or Gore parades, she said.

“We have to make sure Santa is available for all of them.”

It was also to ensure marching teams and bands were available as there were also national events they would normally attend about this time of year.

If anyone is interested in joining the parade, they were welcome to turn up to 45 Don St on Saturday between 10am and 2pm for a costume fitting. Details were also available on the Facebook page.

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