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WATCH: Petone twinkles in twilight Christmas parade

Dec 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Featured Article, Front Page Layout, News

THE FIRST twilight Christmas parade to be held in Petone was threatened with rain, but that didn’t put a dampener on the 42 floats and estimated 12,000-15,000 people who attended.

One of the organisers of the event, Hellen Swales, co-ordinator of the Jackson Street Programme, called the event “magical”.

“The parade engaged the community, who came out regardless of the weather,” Ms Swales says.

The Petone Twilight Christmas Parade down Jackson Street on Friday 28th November attracted hundreds of participants from around the Wellington region.

All three Petone primary schools took part, together with St. Oran’s College and Sacred Heart College.

Community associations representing the Phillipine, Chinese, Tongan and African communities took part.

Mickey and Minnie mouse and the cookie monster mingled with stilt walkers, acrobats and clowns, while musical instruments tuned up in the background.

Simon Jarvis and his group of performers from Highly Flammable Creative Entertainment were also there to entertain the crowd.

Vintage cars and lines of minis took their place in line with an enchanted castle, a truckload of children wrapped as Christmas presents and, of course, Santa.

Minnie and Mickey mouse gave a thumbs up as they waved them off down Jackson Street on cue, just before 7pm.

The parade is part of a five-year Christmas programme designed to engage with the region to promote Petone as a Christmas destination, Ms Swales says.

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