Rodney Times : December 14th 2010
25 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 14, 2010 NEWS Nothing PC about Kumeu parade Big red: Santa acknowledges the huge applause from spectators at the Kumeu parade. In awe: Dylan Wrigley, 18 months, of Riverhead, enjoys the parade. Top float: Waimauku School's circus was the supreme winner. Mayoral drive: Auckland mayor Len Brown was all smiles waving to the crowd. Snow theme: The third-placed Pinepac float's snowman didn't wilt in the heat at the Kumeu parade. League legend: Stacey Jones of Kumeu gets ready to start the wheelbarrow race. Celebrities, floats and crowds turned out in force for a highly successful Kumeu Rotary Christmas parade on Friday evening. Santa waved, and so did Auckland mayor Len Brown, while Jules Topp of the Topp Twins cycled past in costume and league legend Stacey Jones of Kumeu started the pre-parade wheelbarrow race featuring 12 entrants. Thousands of people lined State Highway 16 from Huapai to Kumeu for the par- ade, which didn t disappoint those expecting a water fight. Many parade entries armed with water guns, including those in a mock tank, gave as good as they got in a barrage of water bombs, water guns and even squirted drink bottles. That prompted Len Brown to remark to organisers that it was great to see the parade was not PC in Kumeu. More than 80 entries were received for the parade. It makes all the work worth- while, a delighted co- organiser, Dale Wallace, says. The effort people go to -- and on top of that the com- munity and families coming out to watch -- people really get behind it. Her family and friends comprised most of the clowns handing out lollies along the way. This year CID Resource Recovery donated $1000 towards lollies for the par- ade, Dale says. There was a trailer load for the clowns to give out and they had lots of fun with all the children that lined the street. The floats supreme winner was Waimauku School s cir- cus themed entry, with Waimauku Playcentre first, Riverhead School second and Pinepac Group third Highly commended were Abundant Life Church, Con- stellation NZ, Kumeu Gym, Kumeu Playcentre, Muriwai Junior Volunteer Lifeguards and Huapai Collectables. Dale thanks all those involved, including main sponsor Tegel Foods. She says most of Tegel s $5000 sponsorship pays for the highway s closure for the event.
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