Oamaru Christmas Parade 2013

jg-20131130-5170The annual extravaganza that is the Oamaru Christmas Parade took place this morning in front of an enormous crowd that lined the streets of the town, and under bright blue skies and (relatively) warm sun. Having now attended four of these parades, I am pretty confident that this was not only bigger than previous ones, but it was better, too, with the literally over-the-top addition of a vintage MiG fighter plane doing a fly-by and several helicopters buzzing overhead on top of all the usual array of floats, farm machinery and vintage automobiles.

With the passing by of Santa Claus and his team of reindeer the parade came to a close, but the party continued down at the Harbour, where a free Christmas concert was organised and where visitors could check out the floats at close hand. It was a great event, and yet another example of Oamaru’s fantastic community spirit!


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7 Responses to Oamaru Christmas Parade 2013

  1. Sue Sheat says:

    thanks for sharing #gigatownoamaru

  2. homepaddock says:

    My tartan genes were not quite sure if your comment about the pipers was a compliment or not, but given it’s St Andrew’s Day in #gigatownoamaru and beyond I’m sure it was.

    • JLG says:

      I was of course being cheeky, as is my wont. I actually quite enjoy bagpipe music, especially when it’s very far away… 😉 #Gigatownoamaru

  3. VisitSiena says:

    great photos 🙂 🙂

  4. Great photos James, wish I had been there to take some as well! #gigatownoamaru

  5. Sandra says:

    The photos are great! I’m sorry I was unable to go and watch as I think this years parade would have been well worth it. #gigatownoamaru

  6. Veary says:

    Well done Oamaru! Have heard this yr was brilliant …. Is it time to bring back the floats where people spent months creating and decorating with paper flowers??? I loved these when I was a child! #gigatownoamaru

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