Young spectators enjoyed a high high-five from stilt walkers. Members of the DaeHan Taekwondo Club demonstrate their skills. Did you see us? Hibiscus Matters’ advertising consultant Angela Gallagher, left, and graphic designer Lorry McCarthy dressed in newspaper inspired outfits.
A hot sunny day saw thousands of locals flock to Ōrewa for the Santa Parade on November 23.
Organisers from Destination Ōrewa say while it is difficult to determine the number of spectators at the event, it was easily the largest crowd the parade has ever seen.
Floats from around 50 community groups and businesses strutted their stuff down Hibiscus Coast Highway, followed by Santa, who ditched his reindeer and sleigh for a trike motorbike.
The heat meant that bottled water was almost as popular as the lolly giveaways. Monster Housewash reported giving out 1000 bottles of water and ran out well before reaching the parade’s end at Ōrewa Reserve.
The festivities continued at Ōrewa Surf Sounds where the 11,500-strong crowd was entertained by live music, games, food and fireworks.
Surf Sounds has raised $10,000 for the Ōrewa Surf Lifesaving Club so far, with final calculations still being tallied.