Last weekend it was time to line the street and watch the parade. The Cambridge town centre was packed with nearly 2200 people on Sunday for the annual Cambridge New World Christmas Parade.
Nearly 700 of those people were taking part in or helping run the parade, which was blessed with better weather than forecast.
Destination Cambridge chief executive Miff Macdiarmid, involved in the organisation of the parade for the first time, was delighted with how it went.
“I take my hat off to our parade coordinator Vicki Ewing who really runs a seamless day.”
Miff, joined by Logan Mackenzie from Cambridge New World as a judge, said it was difficult to choose a winner from the 44 float entries because they were so varied.
“The parade really epitomised the colourful community that we live in,” she said. “Creativity and handy-work were in abundance.”
The overall winning float was Cambridge Vets, which also won the business category.
“Cambridge Vets stood out for their fantastic outfits and the work that had gone into them, their enthusiasm, and theme efforts,” said Miff.
The Pre-schools category was won by Jump Start Educare, Community Groups by KS School of Dance and Leamington School took out the main Schools category.
“We are so pleased that all the work on the floats did not get ruined by the weather and that we did not have to implement our cancellation plan,” Miff said.
She paid tribute to volunteers from Rotary, the Cambridge i-SITE, Destination Cambridge board members and New World.
A treasure hunt held around the CBD on Sunday morning, prompting people to look for hidden kiwi treasures in shop windows and retail stores, was won by Maya Tebbutt and Drakkar New, who each took home a new $400 bike from Evolution Cycles.