Putting smile's on children's faces at the 2018 Robe Xmas Parade | PHOTOS

There was a massive crowd out to watch the Robe Mayoral Christmas Parade on Sunday December 23, with families lining each side of the street to watch over 30 exciting parade entries.

It was all about “putting smiles on kid’s faces” and the enthusiasm was infectious.

There was Bowling Bon-bons and a magic pudding, a boat of pirates and Elsa from Frozen, a sheik and even a couple of Elvises…

The major sponsor of the event was SE Excavations, who “are committed to giving back to the Robe Community,” in conjunction with the Robe and District Community Bank® branch and the Lions Club, the latter who sponsored a new and fantastic circus performer.

The parade made it’s way from the school oval down the main street to the lawns outside the Institute, where people enjoyed the Lions BBQ, and the kids the jumping castle, face painting and a skit by the circus performer.

Families had their picture taken with Santa and joined in the Carols in the hall.

There was a lot of generous Christmas spirit in the township with over $1,000 in cash prizes for parade entries.

Congratulations to our winner “A Day at Almanda Farm” led by a classic Massey Ferguson tractor from Lisa and Sam at Robe Hair Affair and the Original Skin Clinic.

Coming in second was “Christmas at Graceland” and our Elvises, and 3rd was the vibrant Robe Motorsports Team with their reindeer buggy and motorbikes.

The Christmas Sled was absolutely chockas with gifts and vouchers from local businesses and community members, with lovable local Ruth Dening taking home this fantastic prize.

The 2nd prize accommodation voucher at Villa Pescatore (Robe Lifestyle Properties) went to Kimberley Dening, and the 3rd prize Union Café and Wine voucher went to Sharon Hondow.

The “Light Up Robe” competition was held in conjunction with the parade.

Residents were encouraged to put up their best xmas light decorations at their home.

The winners were: 

Brendan Brooks 1st

Melissa Gibson 2nd

Tied in 3rd Sandy Moore and Ninny Kennett.

The event was heard to be one of the best parades yet.

Event Organiser and Robe and District Community Bank® Branch Manager Tracey Long was pleased with the local support she received.

“I’m extremely thankful for the effort of the local community, the businesses and families who entered floats, the volunteers who assisted on the day and in the weeks leading up and of course, the businesses who so generously donated to the event,” Tracy said. 

“The parade would simply not exist if it weren’t for Nesla Boundy who got the parade up an running many years ago and the community who have continued to support it. 

“It seems like there is a little bit of hype around floats with so many businesses entering so I really hope we can continue to build on the great numbers.”

Congratulations to all those involved, the committee, the sponsors, the donaters, the floats, and the spectators who made the Robe Mayoral Xmas Parade an enjoyable event.

You put the smile on kid’s faces….