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Ho ho ho . . . The main man waves to the crowd during the Santa parade last year. PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

Thousands of people are expected to attend this year’s Waitaki District Santa Parade on November 24.

The annual parade will start outside McDonald’s at 11am.

It will then make its way down to lower Thames St before it finishes at the Oamaru i-Site.

Parade organiser Anton Roswell said there would be much to look forward to, including Christmas floats, heavy machinery and vintage cars.

There would also be helicopter rides over the parade.

A new attraction this year would be K.I.T.T. – the talking car that featured in 1980s television show Knight Rider

Mr Roswell said there would also be a big surprise that he did not want to reveal until the day of the parade.

He hoped the crowd would be of a similar size to last year’s.

“It’s quite cool to know that six years ago, we probably had 4000 people, and last year, we had more than 11,000 people – that’s almost the population of the town.

“It’s such a good show, people bring their family in from out of town.”

The parade was a celebration not just of Christmas but of the community, he said.

For him, the best part of the event was seeing the smiles on the faces of both children and adults.

Mr Roswell said he wanted to thank the sponsors for helping make the parade happen.

Anyone wanting to enter a float can contact Mr Roswell at anton@thebigo.co.nz. Float registrations close on November 23.