Rodney Times : November 25th 2010
23 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 25, 2010 NEWS Rain holds off for Santa and friends Entertainers: A fair share of clowns put smiles on faces. Shairna Devitt of Orewa, left, and Elyse Pickering of Whangaparaoa, both 12, join in the Destination Orewa Beach clown brigade. Animal lovers:A variety of animals from horses to dogs of all shapes and sizes entertained the crowds. Here's Jana Bogue with Ben from Orewa Beach Vets. Christmas cheer: There was a great mixture of colour, music, and excitement with hundreds of children dressed in costume for their floats. Fun for all: Parade participants included people of all ages, including Elaine Morath. First parade: The Orewa New World Santa Parade drew thousands on Saturday afternoon around Orewa Boulevard, the first of the parades in the district. Top floats: Winners of the best non commercial float went to Nga Whetua Aroha Kapa Haka group. About 8000 people attended the Orewa New World Santa Parade on Saturday after- noon around Orewa Boule- vard. Rain held off for the dis- trict's first Christmas parade of the season as the 140 floats wound their way from the Orewa Surf Club to Hillary Square. Parade participants inclu- ded people of all ages and a variety of animals from horses to dogs. There was a great mixture of colour, music, and excite- ment with littlies' television heroes like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob Square- Pants, Pikachu and Cheer Bear. There was the amazing Guggemusik with their brilliant costumes and music, stilt walkers, hot rods, bikes, clowns, pipe bands, and lots of children in magical costumes. Santa, of course, still attracted the biggest smiles and waves. Children applau- ded as he waved from his sleigh with fairies alongside. This year the parade route was changed to take advan- tage of the new Orewa Beach Boulevard, along the Hibis- cus Coast Highway. The Hibiscus Coast food drive was also well sup- ported. It was launched three years ago by Destination Orewa Beach to support Hibiscus Coast families. It is now run by Orewa Baptist Church pastor Paul Collins and his team of helpers. The best non-commercial float went to Nga Whetua Aroha Kapa Haka group. The best commercial float was won by Flight Centre Orewa, and best team float award went to Hibiscus Coast Rock n' Roll. The most creative float was won by Bob Greetham on his mobility scooter, and the best school was Orewa Primary School. Other Christmas parades include the Wellsford Christ- mas Parade on Saturday at 11.30am, the Farmers Santa Parade on Sunday at 2pm with Santa's Party in the newly refurbished Aotea Square from 3pm to 5pm, the Helensville Christmas Par- ade at noon, the Warkworth Christmas Parade at 1pm, and the Maungaturoto Christmas Parade at 6pm -- all on December 4, then the Kumeu Rotary Christmas Parade at 7pm on December 10, preceded by wheelbarrow racing at about 6.40pm.
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