The rain held off, the wind was strong, but thousands braved it to celebrate the All White’s victory and see the amazing floats, bands and, of course, Father Christmas. We found quite a sheltered spot on Lambton Quay, tucked back from any ‘wind tunnels’. We got there early, so we’d have a spot at the front and not have to watch the parade with children hanging from our shoulders! They waited so patiently and with great excitement.
The Santa Parade gave the children a dose of their favourite TV & movie characters, Christmas themed floats near the end and the wonderful ambiance of marching bands.
Heading the parade was the All Whites, who were met with a huge cheer from the crowd. Regardless of how they get on at the World Cup, they’ve already won big for New Zealand. Go All Whites!
Here’s a short video clip of some of the highlights:
The reactions from the children around us was such a joy. We are so glad we went into town to join in the celebrations. We found a car-park easily, in the underground at the Intercontinental, and enjoyed a relaxing cuppa at the hotel after the parade. The girls were in awe and were quite ‘blown away’ by it all. Charli loved the Battacuda band and said she’d love to join up when she’s older. Sophie enjoyed seeing her favourite T.V. characters and two magnificent Shire horses. We were all quite ‘pumped’ after the fun and decided a late afternoon swim would be the perfect way to finish up the day – and indeed it was.
Here’s some choice pics from the parade:
White out steals Santas show – Stuff.co.nz