After cancellation of both the Santa Parade and the Surf Sounds events on Saturday, November 24, organiser Destination Orewa Beach says finding another date for the parade has proved impossible.
Destination Orewa operations manager Hellen Wilkins says the schedule of other parades at this time of year stretches the availability of bands, character costumes and performers who can take part.
Instead, Orewa Surf Sounds has been ‘rebooted’ to become a fusion of the Santa Parade and Surf Sounds events. It will be held on Saturday, December 22 on Orewa Reserve from 5pm to 9pm on the south end of the reserve – between the surf club and the campground.
The event will be about fun, food and fireworks with an element of Christmas festivities rather than its usual focus on live bands and alfresco dancing.
It will feature food trucks, amusement rides, entertainment and a fireworks display.
Music will be via a MoreFM playlist, including Christmas carols.
Organisations who had a float in the Santa Parade are being contacted to see if they would like to park their float on the reserve. Hellen says this gives these groups exposure, the opportunity to be creative and for their members to dress up and be festive.
She says any group who were going to showcase their cheerleading, karate, kapa haka and other skills in the parade, are also welcome to take part in this re-boot event. “How these are incorporated into the event will be worked out once we know the level of interest,” Hellen says.
Kids will be encouraged to dress up and there will be a ‘best costume’ award. There’ll be face painting, a clown and a colouring in competition for the young ones plus the Orewa Life Saving Club will be selling light sticks and sizzled sausages.
Santa will be there and the crescendo of the evening will be the professional fireworks display at 8.45pm.
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