Before the parade passes by…

It was Sunday that day when the Santa Parade for Christmas 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand was scheduled to be held so that morning, we went to the Sunday service in the church near where we were staying – the Church of St Mary of the Angels…

Mel & mum

We were early so we had time to loiter around in the garden and take photographs…

Mel & dad

After having fulfilled our Sunday spiritual obligation, we had lunch and then waited for the parade to begin.

There was a big crowd that lined the streets and everybody seemed to be in the festive mood…

Christmas mood

Thankfully, the weather was great that day – blue skies and sunny and yet, not hot at all. It was like in a very nicely-chilled air-conditioned room. The parade was very grand and very nice and impressive with all kinds of beautiful floats…

Float 1

…and familiar characters…

Float 2

…such as Sylvester…

Float 3

…and Ben 10…

Float 4

Even Harry Potter was there…

Harry

…and so were Spiderman, Darth Vader…

Darth Vader

…and so on. I was a bit disappointed though as the much-publicised Hobbit was nowhere to be seen.

There were bands…

Bagpipe band

…and gymnasts…

Gymnasts

…and dancers…

rock & roll

…and stilt-walkers…

On stilts

…and there was even a dragon dance by the Chinese community in the city…

Dragon

There were angels…

Angels

…and this, by the way, was the only float that depicted the true meaning of Christmas. Unfortunately, I did not manage to snap a shot at the nativity scene at the back of the float though.

Finally, at the end of the parade came the reindeers…

Reindeers

…pulling the main attraction, the star of the parade – good ol’ Santa Claus…`

Santa

Well, at least the message is there – that this is the time for spreading the love and joy to one and all.

One thing I must add here is that despite the huge turnout, at the end of the parade, everybody dispersed in an orderly manner and there wasn’t any litter on the ground, not at all…unlike what we would usually find when such events are held in our own country. This is definitely something that we must emulate as it serves as a clear reflection of what kind of people we are…and it’s high time we discard our repulsively-disgusting habits. Double thumbs up to the Wellington-ians! That was a jolly good show indeed!