Mr S. Claus set to take a starring role at the Napier City Christmas Parade on Sunday 2 December.
While the man in red was too busy preparing for his worldwide whirlwind delivery tour in December to have time for a lengthy interview, but he did mention in passing that he thought Napier children were some of the best behaved he has seen lately (at least, that’s what it has seemed like from his sleigh).
The parade will start at 1pm, leaving from Clive Memorial Square, travelling up Tennyson Street, across Hastings Street, and turning right into Emerson Street, finishing at Clive Memorial Square. It will be followed by a Christmas Fiesta from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
The parade is a collaborative effort, brought to you by Napier City Council, Mitre 10 MEGA Napier & Hastings and Napier City Business Inc, including advertising the event, providing materials and resources for floats and displays, and organising the Christmas Fiesta.
The Mitre 10 MEGA Napier & Hastings team will also be handing goodies out to kids prior to the parade, while the fiesta will feature entertainment, a bouncy castle, food stalls, and Santa’s grotto – a great opportunity for photos with Santa.
The man in red was too busy preparing for his worldwide whirlwind delivery tour in December to have time for a lengthy interview, but he did mention in passing that he thought Napier children were some of the best behaved he has seen lately...
While Santa is in town he “borrows’ a sleigh designed and constructed by MTG Hawke’s Bay and Council depot staff, and first used in the parade in 2015.
“One thing really stands out every year for me at the parade – the obvious delight it brings to all the children. That’s why Napier City Council choose to put this event on every year,” says Rebecca Ainsworth, Marketing Manager, Napier City Council.
NCC is also participating in other ways, with MTG Hawke’s Bay, for example, having a focus on Christmas crafts in the kids’ Drop In Zone, and the National Aquarium of New Zealand and Animal Control being represented in the parade.
There are 45 registrations to date for this year’s parade, Including four pipe bands, three marching groups, and a range of mascots, says event organiser Jonathan Smith of Eventimento. “We’ve got not-for-profit organisations, businesses, community organisations – all sorts. The participants really are a representation of our diverse communities and their take on Christmas, what it means to them.”
Parade registrations are open until 5pm Monday 19 November. To register, go to: www.napier.govt.nz #christmasparade. For updates on the parade and fiesta, see Napier City Council or Napier City Business Inc’s Facebook pages.
21 November 2018
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