Auckland Santa Parade

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November 30th 2008
Published: December 27th 2008
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Clowning AroundClowning AroundClowning Around

I think I spotted Ronald McDonald in there somewhere!
No Christmas in New zealand is complete without attending one of the many, many Santa Parades held up and down the country. Auckland has by the far the biggest and without doubt most colourful Santa Parade there is and this year we got to witness the spectacle under a blazing hot sun. The streets of the CBD were packed choc full of cheering adults and kids alike and for about one and a half hours, we were dazzled and entertained by all manner of colourful costumes, cheerleading squads and dancers, acrobats, clowns and sporting heroes.

Rather than describe the event to you here, I think we'll just let the pictures do the talking...

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Kiwi HeroKiwi Hero
Kiwi Hero

Olympic shotput gold medallist, Valerie Vii
Sppoky ChritsmasSppoky Chritsmas
Sppoky Chritsmas

erm, wasn't Halloween over a month ago?
Pirates of the CBDPirates of the CBD
Pirates of the CBD

Alas, no sign of Johnny Depp (belive me, I checked thoroughly)

Do my pants look square in this?

After seeing this, I'm thinking of trading Glynn in for a real Kiwi bloke.
Bird SongBird Song
Bird Song

Who knew that kiwis were not only endangered flightless birds but also musical?
Cat in the HatCat in the Hat
Cat in the Hat

green eggs and ham, anyone?
The BlobThe Blob
The Blob

random Dr Seuss greencreature floating above the crowds (aren't you impressed with my Dr Seuss knowledge?)
Bye ByeBye Bye
Bye Bye

View of the parade heading down Queen Street
Rugby HeroesRugby Heroes
Rugby Heroes

Congrats to NZ on winning the Rugby League World Cup
Ticker TapeTicker Tape
Ticker Tape

no parade is compleet without it!
You Spin Me Right RoundYou Spin Me Right Round
You Spin Me Right Round

These poor chaps had to spin their heads for the whole parade!

and representing the town of Bedrock is...

All the immigrant communities get involved in the Santa Parade including the Chinese and this random British bloke!

Jish waves to his pal, Wall-E in the parade.
Prima BallerinaPrima Ballerina
Prima Ballerina

Despite the festive scene it was just too hot to feel like Christmas!
Santa babySanta baby
Santa baby

This Santa has the funkiest helpers ever!

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