Saturday, November 13, 2021

Christmas Parades —A & P Shows — Cancelled due to Covid


Santa May Still Come

Christmas is just around the corner but the announcement has been made that the Richmond Santa Parade will not go ahead due to Civid restrictions. The Nelson Golden Edge A&P Show will not be open to the public next week and the Golden Bay A & P show in January has been cancelled.

Richmond Unlimited event co-ordinator Sheena Murtagh said “the PAK’nSAVE Richmond Santa Parade would not go ahead due to level 2 restrictions.”

Nevertheless, the Richmond Mall and other shops in Queen Street are starting to get ready for Christmas, but the convoy of floats will not be surprising the children, families and the elderly this year in Richmond. There may be a surprise though. Richmond Unlimited are looking to do some sort of neighbourhood event, but nothing is confirmed yet.   

“Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Restrictions we are not going to be able to host a Santa Parade this year, but we've had a chat to Santa and he is committed to visiting Richmond before Christmas! It won't be a parade, but we hope to get Santa out and about!”

The crowds that usually attend the large A & P show held in Richmond will miss a treat and the local farmers will miss the assessment of new machinery and admiring new tractors.

Christmas Tree is up in Richmond Mall

Nelson and Golden Bay Santa Parade organisers are waiting until December to decide whether their parades will go ahead.

Motueka has already announced that the NBS Starlight Christmas Parade has been postponed until next year.

Organisers of events in Richmond and Motueka have been waiting as long as they could due to the uncertainty of present the future covid restrictions and the fact that floats were starting to be made but Richmond Unlimited said “We are still committed to bringing Santa to Richmond.”

Richmond Unlimited said in Facebook “Although we've had to cancel the PAK'nSAVE Richmond Santa Parade this year we're still working on Richmond Market Day and how it can run safely at various levels/in the new Covid-19 Protection Framework.”

“A big shout out to all those who had already registered floats and of course our sponsors who were already onboard - PAK'nSAVE Richmond, Richmond Mall, NBS, More FM Nelson 92.8, Lift N Shift Services & Nelson Pine - we couldn't do it without any of you and we're looking forward to a HUGE parade in 2022.”

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