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Great turnout for the Whitianga Santa Parade

There were two Santa parades last weekend on the Coromandel – one in Whangamata and the other in Whitianga.
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The Informer was pleased to take part in the latter. Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of people. Santa was very relaxed and waved from the shelter of his red car-sleigh. Th e Grinch paid Whitianga a special visit and worked against his script giving away gift s instead of stealing them. Th is lime green, furry clawed, generous creature delighted the crowds. Thank you for all the floats – special mention of the Combined Churches Nativity – a stable, complete with costumes angels, shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph, and the Bethlehem star; the Filipino community prepared

a replica similar to a nativity, comparable to a poor family’s home in the Philippines; Coastguard; Fire Brigade; Mercury Bay Lions Club with the women decked in pink, tinsel, smiles and energy; dog walkers. A big feature was the Kerepehi Brass Band who travelled from afar and played magnificently from the Mercury Bay Hi-Ab services truck. It was a grand show following on from the previous night’s Street Festival.