School, kindy floats popular with public

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The annual Gore District Santa Parade was held on Sunday and members of the public were asked to vote for their favourite float.

First equal winners of the people’s choice float were Elsie Street Kindergarten and Mataura Primary School.

Parade organiser and Gore District Council’s events and promotions co-ordinator Emma Carle said there were also “secret judges” watching the parade.

“The judges’ choice winners were East Gore School and Ice Sports Southland.”

Ms Carle said the parade ran smoothly, with a “great turnout” and good weather.

“It was a fantastic day .. the street was filled from end to end.”

Ms Carle said there were more than 50 floats in the parade.

“We really appreciate the time and the effort that people put into them.”

Susan Dennison said the school’s float was a “team effort”.

“All of our gorgeous parents managed to get the kids there.

“Our kids are amazing singers and they love to sing,” she said.

The school’s float was filled with decorations made by the families of pupils, she said.

“Our term homework was for families to make a decoration for their float, so the kids made the decorations with family help.”

“I am very proud that the crowd got behind us and could see the work involved.”

Elsie Street Kindergarten teacher Marcia Adams said the theme of its float was a Kiwi Christmas.

“We had waves, a barbecue, beach towels and boogie boards”.

Overall, Miss Adams said they were happy with the results.

“We are pretty ecstatic for the kids,” she said.

“They loved it and it was a credit to our parents who helped organise it.”