Floats need ‘wow’ factor

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The Gore district Santa Parade is less than two months away, so it is time to organise floats and get creative.

The parade will be held on Sunday, December 10, and will again be followed by the Christmas in the Park event at the Gore Gardens.

Gore District Council events and promotions co-ordinator Emma Carle said there would be fantastic prizes for the best float (judges’ choice) and people’s choice this year.

“They’ll be looking for that wow factor, so the more creative and out of the box the better,” Ms Carle said.

“A float doesn’t have to be a trailer or a truck – it could be a group of people walking, scooters, or even shopping trollies,” she said.

The parade is open to organisations, clubs, education facilities and businesses and is free to enter.

“It’s a great opportunity to promote what you do – and in a fun way.”

If anyone didn’t have the time or materials to create a float it was also possible to borrow floats from the Southland Santa Parade for a fee.

Letters had been sent to all those who had previously taken part in the parade.

“But we welcome new people to get in touch.”

Float registrations close on Friday, November 17, at 5pm.

Anyone who has not received a letter can pick up an entry form and information from the council’s main administration block at 29 Bowler Ave or download forms from the council website: goredc.govt.nz.

The parade starts at noon and Christmas in the Park runs from 12.30pm to 3pm.