Santa Claus is coming to town

Wednesday 9 December 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Culture, Local, National

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Santa and his elf, Christmas carols and cartoon characters will share festive cheer through town in the Tropical Christmas parade, starting at 4pm tomorrow.

The organising committee would like to encourage parents and guardians to bring their children along to watch the performances and receive special treats.

This year’s parade logo says: “We are all in this together, sharing the magic of Christmas”.

Autism Cook Islands and the “KukiTime Kidz” will also assemble at the Catholic Cathedral point on the main road under the shade of the trees for the parade.

The line-up of floats will start from the Constitution Park/Avarua Catholic Cathedral into town on the inland side of the Te Maire Nui drive towards the roundabout.

Floats with performances will pause for a three-minute show at Vonnias, BSP, BCI, CITC and ANZ.

Santa’s sleigh will turn into the CITC car park for photograph opportunities with children and the late night shopping extended hours. Food stalls will also be available.

The order of the Tropical Christmas Santa parade is as follows:

Tropical Christmas Banner - Iti-rangi & Tiare, Cultural dancers,  Cook Islands Games Team Mauke, Autism Cook Islands - Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Miss Cook Islands - Tajiya Sahay, Fiji Community Christmas Carols, CITC Food Group float, BCI Tropical Christmas float, Mike Pauka drummers, Vonnia’s - Elsa & Olaf, Miss International Cook Islands - Pearl Lazaro, Filipino Community, Island Craft - Super Heroes, Vaea Melvin, KukiTime Kidz performance group, CITC Building Centre - Ninja Turtles, Porky BSP float, Miss Te Maeva Nui - Maruia Willie, Samoan Community, Junior Paddlers float - Baby Shark, Vaitoti Tupa Drummers, Plant Whispers - Flower Pedals, Rainbow Community, CITC Santa’s Workshop float, Puaikura Fire Engine - Minions, Santa’s Sleigh - George George and Elf helper John Pareanga. Please bring your water bottles to hydrate during the parade.