The festive season is upon us, with the Parkes Christmas Parade kicking off the celebrations at 6pm today. Everyone is invited to watch over 30 floats make their way down Clarinda Street and into Cooke Park for Sparkle in the Park. As the sun goes down, local buildings and shops will become a colourful canvas of light displays as part of Sparkle Illuminations. This year is set to be the biggest and brightest yet, with 12 light installations and projections transforming Parkes into an outdoor exhibition.
Don’t forget to pack the picnic blanket, with the outdoor cinema screening of the Christmas classic, The Santa Clause. Oh What Fun will be had in Peak Hill for this year’s Meet You Up the Street Festival today. The streets will come alive with music, stalls, rides and art, before the crowds gather for the famous billy cart derby at the old gold mine late afternoon.
When doing your Christmas shopping, keep an eye out for the Shop Parkes this Christmas entry forms. With any purchase, you have a chance to win a fabulous trip to Las Vegas valued at $4,000. Locals are encouraged to fly into any of the Parkes Shire libraries to take part in the Heroes and Villians Summer Reading Club. This year, a heroes and villians themed party will be held if 888 books are read before 31st January 2017. The club is open to all children and youth, and is free to join. Visit Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle or Tullamore Libraries to receive your mission kit and start reading.
Have a safe and enjoyable and festive weekend.
Cr Ken Keith OAM
Mayor of Parkes Shire