A change of ‘‘vibe’’ seems to have been popular with Gore district residents, who turned out in their hundreds for the annual Christmas parade. Thirty-three floats paraded through the streets and then residents adjourned to the Gore Gardens for a carnival. Gore District Council events co-ordinator Jessica Swan said it was a change of emphasis from the usual Christmas in the park-style event from previous years. ‘‘We’ve gone for a different vibe this year with a carnival atmosphere.
‘‘We wanted it to be bit of a refresh, a rebrand — have a big party kind of feel after last year’s cancellation.’’
Instead of having many groups entertaining the crowd, three main acts — street performer Nathan Bonner of Christchurch, Gore singers Ella Cupit, Sophie Cupit and Hamish Waddell, and magician Jimmy Marvel — took the stage. Sponsors made it possible for many of the attractions to be free, Ms Swan said.
East Gore School won the best float and also the people’s choice award and Elsie St Kindergarten was second.
Gore Mayor Ben Bell said he was very impressed with the turnout. ‘
‘The town really comes to life.
‘‘It was lovely the number of people who had come out to join in the Christmas spirit,’’ he said.