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Annual Christchurch Christmas Parade could end due to lack of funding

Malindi Wilson
Christmas parade in Cathedral Square 45
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Christmas Parade organisers hope the public can help with funding towards the popular even, which has been running for 70 years.

The Children's Christmas Parade Trust only has enough money to pay for rent for the next three months. 

Trust chairwoman Anne Jamieson said once those three months were up, the trust wasn't sure what its next move would be.

Christchurch City Council significantly reduced parade funding last year by $25,000, leaving $60,000 to fund the event.

The parade trust had to use its contingency fund to cover some of the costs from last year. 

Jamieson said the event was special for the thousands of people who turned up to watch each year.

A Givealittle page has been set up to help raise money for the parade, which costs $200,000 each year. This includes rent, rates, insurance, the floats, costumes and the running of the parade itself.