Thousands of people lined Commercial Street on Saturday 16 November 2019 for the NF McDonnell and Sons Mount Gambier Christmas Parade.
The event celebrated its 60th milestone with a bumper number of entries, including the involvement of 17 local schools.
What a colourful, fantastic Christmas Parade – a huge thank you to all those who participated to make the 60 year anniversary so special.
– City of Mount Gambier Community Events Team Leader Denise Richardson
“The crowd was bigger than ever and the smiling faces and enthusiasm of the children was such a delight to see.”
‘Compton’s Christmas Message’ by Compton Primary School was named most outstanding entry, taking out the top prize of $750.
The entry focused on the importance of spending time with family and friends and spreading Christmas cheer.
“The float featured a display of large photos showcasing the history of the parade and the judges were impressed by the colourful display of Christmas costumes and presents, as well as the singing,” Ms Richardson said.
2019 Category Winners
MOST OUTSTANDING ENTRY – $750
Compton Primary School – ‘Compton’s Christmas Message’
BEST CHRISTMAS THEME – $500
Morris and mates – ‘Naughty Elves’
BEST SCHOOL ENTRY – $500
St Martins Lutheran College – ‘King of the Jungle’
BEST CLUB OR COMMUNITY ORGANISATION ENTRY – $250
Mount Gambier Karting Club – ‘Racing towards Christmas’
OPEN CATEGORY – $250
Mount Gambier and Districts Maternity/Pediatric Unit – ‘Special delivery baby of Mary’
BEST THEMED BAND – $250
Geelong West Brass Band
ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD – $250
Moorak Primary School and Pre-School – ‘Reuse before you recycle’
BEST NON-CITY ENTRY – $500
Nangwarry Primary School – ‘Santa’s Workshop’
BEST RECYCLED RESOURCES ENTRY – $250 (Donated by Community Action Sustainability Group)
Recycled Runway – ‘Night amongst the stars’