Sunday, December 15, 2019

2019 Christmas Parade gallery

Derwent Valley SES.
A BIG crowd attended yesterday's 2019 Christmas Parade in High St, New Norfolk. First to take to the road in the annual pageant was the Derwent Valley unit of the State Emergency Service, with several vehicles and some very young representatives carrying two furry patients on a stretcher.

This was followed by the Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy with a Buddha statue and a popular Chinese dragon and lion dance. Next along were local members of the Bridgewater PCYC, and then Fairview Primary School's "Buzzing Along" presentation which won the award for best school entry in the recent City of Hobart Christmas Pageant.

Gretna Fire Brigade.
Gretna Fire Brigade was represented by two vehicles, a host of junior members and their mascot Marshall of the Paw Patrol. Members of Derwent Valley Arts were next, suitably attired to promote next year's New Norfolk Steampunk Festival - steampunk being form of science fiction or fantasy inspired by 19th Century industrial steam-powered machinery.

George Simonetis is a regular in the New Norfolk Christmas Parade but came up with a new entry this year: a float decorated with an Australian outback camping Christmas theme, towed by a vintage Chamberlain tractor. This effort claimed first prize from the judges.

New Norfolk Ambulance.
The New Norfolk Ambulance Station was once again represented by local volunteers and a host of young friends, with a Christmas-themed ambulance and a miniature ambulance for fun. Members of the New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch spread the message about their group which was formed last year to promote wellbeing and safety in the community.

There were several members of the New Norfolk-based German Shepherd Dog Club of Tasmania, as well as the Derwent Valley Community House, and then the members of Industrie Performing Arts. Next was the Derwent Valley Concert Band - another winner from the recent City of Hobart Christmas Pageant - and a participant in all 20 New Norfolk Christmas Parades. After the band were several members of the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT).

New Norfolk High School.
New Norfolk High School was represented, and New Norfolk Primary School had a big group dressed in the theme of The Nutcracker, with many toy soldiers and sugarplum fairies. Glenora District School followed with a Christmas-themed walking group. Next along was the Derwent Valley Dog-Walking Association, with pets, who were awarded third prize in the pageant.

St Brigid's Catholic School had its students in nativity costumes, and they were awarded second prize in the pageant. Anne Salt was next, driving a classic 1968 Ford Mustang convertible, and then Chris Salt driving a vintage 1931 Chevrolet roadster.

Boyer Vision Team.
The Boyer Vision Team was back once again to represent Norske Skog, supported by the popular TasBash dragon car with John Simpson at the wheel. The Boyer team also had a trailer with a Christmas theme of gifts and pine trees.

The MoCo Dragon Boat Club proudly displayed its locally-built dragon boat, along with a large inflatable dragon. New Norfolk Guardian Pharmacy was represented by staff members and their families, followed by Crusader Homes and its mascot. New business Tandam Services had two vehicles in the parade, including Adam Lawrence at the wheel of a classic Holden Monaro coupe.

New Norfolk Fire Brigade.
The New Norfolk Fire Brigade had a big presence, followed by the Corumbene bus and a float with the theme of Corumbene's Cosy Christmas. Featuring a double-sided fireplace complete with mantlepiece decorated for Christmas, the float was made by residents, staff and volunteers at Corumbene Care.

The Eleventh Order Brewery was back with its laid-back float featuring a lounges strapped to a Ford F150 truck, with passengers including a harmonica player performing popular tunes.

Derwent Scottish Pipe Band.
The Derwent Scottish Pipe Band has a long history with the New Norfolk Christmas Parade and provided a fitting tail-end to the pageant, just ahead of Santa Claus. All the while, the Australia Post mascot roamed at large, Roz Chapman and Craig Farrell provided a commentary broadcast on Tyga FM, and the Lions Club kept its barbecue and cake stall running throughout.

And for anyone who missed anything or wanted to see it all again, the pageant did a quick trip around Circle St and made its way back down High St for a second run-through, all organised by the Derwent Valley Rotary Club for the New Norfolk Business Alliance.

Thanks to all who contributed to such an outstanding parade. A gallery of 101 photos follows.

Derwent Valley State Emergency Service.

Derwent Valley State Emergency Service.

Derwent Valley State Emergency Service.

Derwent Valley State Emergency Service.

Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.



Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.

Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.

Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.

Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.

Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.

Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.

Bridgewater/Derwent Valley Police and Community Youth Club.

Tasmanian Chinese Buddhist Academy.

Fairview Primary School.

Fairview Primary School.

Fairview Primary School.

Gretna Fire Brigade.

Gretna Fire Brigade.


Gretna Fire Brigade.

Gretna Fire Brigade.

Gretna Fire Brigade.

Derwent Valley Arts.

Derwent Valley Arts, followed by George Simonetis.


George Simonetis' "Outback Christmas" float.

George Simonetis's "Outback Christmas" float.

New Norfolk Ambulance Station.

New Norfolk Ambulance Station.

New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch.

German Shepherd Dog Club of Tasmania.

Derwent Valley Community House, followed by Industrie Performing Arts.

German Shepherd Dog Club of Tasmania.

Industrie Performing Arts.

St Brigid's Catholic School.

St Brigid's Catholic School.

Anne Salt and friends in a 1968 Ford Mustang.

Chris Salt and friends in a 1931 Chevrolet roadster.

Derwent Valley Concert Band.

Norske Skog Boyer Vision Team.

Norske Skog Boyer Vision Team.

Norske Skog Boyer Vision Team.

New Norfolk High School.

New Norfolk Primary School.

New Norfolk Primary School.

New Norfolk Primary School.

New Norfolk Primary School.

Glenora District School.

Derwent Valley Dog-Walking Association.

Derwent Valley Dog-Walking Association.

Moco Dragon Boat Club.

New Norfolk Guardian Pharmacy.


New Norfolk Fire Brigade.

New Norfolk Fire Brigade.

New Norfolk Fire Brigade.

Corumbene Care.

Eleventh Order Brewery.

Derwent Scottish Pipe Band.

Santa Claus.

Roz Chapman, Jim Parish, and Craig Farrell.

Bridgewater/Derwent Valley Police and Community Youth Club.

Fairview Primary School.

Gretna Fire Brigade chief Colin Cunningham.

Lewis Farrell in the Derwent Valley Arts "Steampunk" display.

Derwent Valley Arts "Steampunk" display.

Senator Jacqui Lambie talking to people on the "Outback Christmas" float. 

New Norfolk Ambulance.


New Norfolk Neighbourhood Watch.

Australia Post mascot and friends.

German Shepherd Dog Club of Tasmania.

Industrie Performing Arts.

St Brgid's Catholic School students in nativity costumes.

Anne Salt and friends in a 1968 Ford Mustang.

Chris Salt and friends in a 1931 Chevrolet roadster.

Derwent Valley Concert Band.

Derwent Valley Concert Band.

Derwent Valley Concert Band.

Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D'FAT) members


Lions Club of New Norfolk barbecue.

Moco Dragon Boat Club.


The Crusader Homes mascot in his castle.

Adam Lawrence of Tandam Services driving a Holden Monaro coupe.

New Norfolk Fire Brigade chief officer Colin Triffitt.

Lions Club of New Norfolk barbecue.

Corumbene Care.

Corumbene Care.

Corumbene Care.

Eleventh Order Brewery.

Derwent Scottish Pipe Band.

Derwent Scottish Pipe Band.

Derwent Scottish Pipe Band.




Lions Club of New Norfolk barbecue.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Damian for an outstanding gallery of photos and detailed description of the 2019 Rotary Christmas Parade. And, well done to all involved. You should make this into a hard copy album!

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  2. Wonderful news story for us to celebrate the good things in the valley. Thank you damian.

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