A BIG crowd attended yesterday’s Christmas Parade in High St, New Norfolk, which was the first held since 2019. Leading the parade was the Derwent Valley unit of the State Emergency Service, ahead of the marching band of the Derwent Valley Concert Band. The proceedings were broadcast live on community radio station 98.9 Tyga FM.
See the video below, and photos of every entry in the parade.
Next in the parade were two family-themed groups, with big representation from Molesworth Primary School and the Ptunarra Child and Family Learning Centre. Behind them were Anne Salt driving a 1968 Ford Mustang convertible and Chris Salt behind the wheel of a 1931 Chevrolet Roadster. These classic cars were followed by the New Norfolk Fire Brigade.
Next along were two favourites of the New Norfolk Fire Brigade. The first was the 1962 Dodge Phoenix TasBash car better known as Puff the Magic Dragon, now in the hands of new owners but with former owner “Simmo” in the passenger seat. Behind them was a float from the Norkse Skog Boyer mill represented by employees and their families. Boyer has been making paper since 1941. Next along was the Jurassic Park TasBash vehicle and then some representatives of the churches of New Norfolk.
A big group of representatives of Holy Tantra Estoteric Buddhism was next, with a colour display encouraging peace in the world. They
A group from Glenora District School was next, spreading a message of coming together as a school, family and community. This participation earned them second prize from the parade judges.
Following behind the Glenora group were some representatives of the Derwent Valley PCYC mingling with the Derwent Scottish Pipe Band which has a long history of participation in New Norfolk events. Close behind were members of the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT) and a big group from St Brigid’s Catholic School and the Central Tasmania Catholic Parish. St Brigid’s was awarded third prize in the parade. They were followed by the Blinky Bill TasBash vehicle.
The next section of the parade had a fire brigade theme, led by the Mission Belle Fire Truck. This retired International saw service with the Hobart City Mission doing food drops for the homeless and is now in the process of being restored for the “Wantabe Fire Brigade.” A second vehicle from George Simonetis’ Wantabe Brigade followed, a 1978 International that is now fully restored. The Hamilton Tennis Club was next, ahead of several vehicles from the Gretna Fire Brigade.
The popular Derwent Valley Grinch found a ride on Oz Fencing and Welding’s “Welcome to Who Norfolk” float, entertaining the judges and winning first prize in the parade. Next along were the “Lachlan Rats” of the Lachlan Fire Brigade, followed by the New Norfolk Rowing Club.
The final few entries in the parade were the Derwent Valley Dog Walking Association, New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch, the Tasmania Police Pipe Band and the man of the moment – Santa Claus.
New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News was a proud sponsor of the 2022 New Norfolk Christmas Parade. Congratulations to the organisers at the Derwent Valley Rotary Club and to all the participants and onlookers who made it such a success.
A great community event and all involved are to be congratulated Fosters remarkable Community spirit and enjoyment as pics show. Well done.