The news on the carnival planning front is all good. We are very pleased to welcome back McDonalds Kaiapoi as the naming sponsor of this years parade. The parade is already attracting more attention than last year including one particular tall, red-headed clown! This year will once again include the motorcycles from Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), and as you know, Tracy loves to throw a surprise or two in! Take a look at the video of last years parade. This year is going to be better. Kaiapoi Christmas Santa Parade 2018 There are still issues with the carnival site that, despite the best intentions of all concerned parties, we will not be able to overcome this year. We will be keeping up our conversation with the council in the hope that we can improve the situation for next year. The KPA will again be hosting the Community Street Market and the Community groups are registering quickly we have planned for expansion and are looking forward to hosting many more of our sporting and community groups. The Carnival is also looking great with enquiries from stallholders from the Westcoast and South Canterbury looking to bring their wares to our event. We are expanding the Free Family Fun Zone to accommodate the anticipated increase in attendance and the Chillzone is being improved as well. Kaiapoi Toyota have recommitted to the Show & Shine and this year we already have confirmations from two of the largest car clubs in the region that they will be in attendance. The Community Stage will be busy with entertainment from start to end. Oh, and by the way,.. how about ending the day with Assembly Required!