The Geeveston Chrismas Parade is always held on a Friday evening early in December. It’s very much a community affair. It is organised by the local volunteer fire brigade and the participants are local schools, churches, clubs and businesses.
The day of the parade started out wet and I hoped that it would improve before 6:30pm when it was due to start. Although it is summer it is not unusual for it to be cold and wet on the night of the Christmas Parade.
As the Op Shop was putting a float in the parade we decided to keep the shop open late so that people could come in and do a bit of Christmas shopping before it began. I don’t usually work there on Fridays but Karen who works with me Mondays and was organising the float had volunteered to take over from the day time staff so I said I would go too.
The parade was to form up in School Road starting from the Fire Station. Between five and six o’clock our float and two or three others arrived in the school car park to be decorated. We had a few shoppers and lots of children running in and out. While Karen’s husband Ian and the older kids worked on the trailer that was to be our float Karen dressed her youngest son as Santa Claus. Soon after that it was time to form up for the parade and Karen and Jane, another of the volunteers got in the trailer with all the kids. I declined the offer to ride on the float with them as I wanted to take photos.Instead I rode down to the fire station in the car with Ian and then walked around to Church Street to wait for the parade to start.
An army band headed the parade to provide some music. The local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism “The Canton of Lightwood” came along in their costumes, there were fire engines of course, bicycles, motorised mini cars and even a ride on lawnmower.
After Santa Claus had been escorted to Heritage Park by the firies there was entertainment in the form of music from the brass band, a jumping castle and a sausage sizzle. Our group didn’t stay late because although the rain had stayed away it was quite chilly and the adults at least were happy to pack up the trailer and head for home. Later that evening we learned that the float had been awarded the prize for the best motorised float which pleased and surprised us as I don’t think anyone had given a thought to trying to win a prize. We just wanted to be involved.
And that’s how we do Christmas in Geeveston.