Kawakawa Christmas parade 2013

A gang of horsemen staging a train robbery was one of the highlights of Kawakawa's Christmas parade and festival on Saturday. Fortunately the heist was not real and the only loot the robbers made off with was several sacks of sweets, which were thrown to the spectators in a lolly scramble. The town's main street was closed to cars for much of the day and taken over by festival-goers, bands, parade floats, vintage vehicles and horses. The theme was a Kawakawa Christmas with floats based on everything from the town's coal-mining past to present-day efforts to save its public pool. Santa arrived - how else? - on a train. Photos by Peter de Graaf.

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