The annual Tokoroa Christmas Parade may be canned this 12 months.
Two years in the past it might be exhausting to think about Tokoroa’s Christmas parade ever being cancelled.
Close to 5000 folks lined Bridge St to see Roosters prop Zane Tetevano and centre Joseph Manu, who grew up in Tokoroa, parade the NRL Provan-Summons Trophy.
Media got here from far and large to seize the thrill and for a second the city appeared to have returned to its glory days.
But with float entries dropping within the years prior, the 2019 parade sorely missing a star attraction to attract anyplace close to as many spectators, and well being and security fears amid Covid-19, the occasion’s demise appears nigh.
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Tokoroa City Lions secretary Mick Jones mentioned after roughly 35 years the membership isn’t dedicated to holding it this 12 months.
“We have prior approval for it but the club has not decided yet whether they will proceed with the parade this year,” he mentioned.
“It has come beneath growing stress in recent times with a decline in floats participating, we simply have to simply accept that may be a truth.
“Perhaps the overriding situation, [however], is the expectations we’ve got round well being and security and the present Covid-19 points.
“This is why we have to make choices in a well timed method this 12 months and keep away from losing assets.”
The occasion was previously held at the side of the Tokoroa A&P Show and Carols within the Park beneath the Tokoroa Big Weekend banner.
But Jones mentioned with the Tokoroa A&P Show additionally being canned in 2018 as a consequence of falling curiosity and Carols within the Park in 2019, gaining momentum for the parade is turning into more and more tough.
“[We’ve become] separated from the advanced publicity that was generated…when we combined to keep each other afloat,” he mentioned.
“We get good support from preschools but not from mainstream schools. It’s just changing times I guess.”
He mentioned the occasion’s potential cancellation was being spurred on by the membership’s older members nevertheless it could possibly be resurrected subsequent 12 months by its youthful members.
“We do have some new club members who are keen to look at making the parade more relevant and reintroduce some extra market/gala day type operations in the central business district as we used to years ago,” he mentioned.
“They have not been on the town that lengthy so they do not need to do it this 12 months. That would put the onus again on the older member of the membership going by way of the entire course of once more and I for one have been very nervous about wholesome and security for a while and for good cause.
“There are pressures there when you’ve got 40 to 50 floats wandering down the primary avenue of Tokoroa with 1500 folks.”