Volunteers reign at parade

A colourful float makes its way past The News’ camera. Photo: Jeremy Smith.

Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade took home two accolades – best overall float and best service club and community group float – at Sunday’s Rotary Christmas Parade.

While it rained on the Cambridge parade which began three hours later, the showers held off for the most part of the Te Awamutu event.

Only drizzle eventuated, and it certainly didn’t deter participants, with almost 30 floats taking part.

Other winners were Aon Insurance Brokers, which won the best commercial
or business float accolade and Te Awamutu Community Health Transport Trust which won best family float.

The people’s choice award went to Te Awamutu Playcentre.

The runner up in the best service club and community group float category went to Te Awamutu Sports and Recreation Club and the best commercial or business float runner up was Waipa Networks.

The Rotary Club of Te Awamutu – with help from several other organisations like Waipā District Council and the Te Awamutu-Kihikihi Community Board – has helped run the parade since 2018.

Club treasurer Chris Kay, who is also on the parade organising committee, told The News organisers were delighted with how Sunday played out and with the community spirit which was on display.

“I am so pleased. It is a busy time of year, so we are grateful that people take the time to enter floats. The amount of work some put in is astounding.

“From my point of view, seeing the excited crowd lining the street is fantastic.”

It rained on our parade, but no one cared

3 December 2023

Te Awamutu constable Ryan Fleming – behind the wheel of his police car – led Sunday’s Rotary Christmas Parade from the front. Photo: Jeremy SmithTe Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade took home two accolades – best overall float and best service club and community group float – at the Christmas Parade today.

Forecast rain fortunately held off for the most part at the parade.

Only drizzle eventuated, and it certainly didn’t deter participants, with almost 30 floats taking part.

Other winners were:

Best commercial or business float: Aon Insurance Brokers.

Best family float: Te Awamutu Community Health Transport Trust.

People’s Choice Award – Te Awamutu Playcentre.

 

 

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