On December 19, Browns Plains Police continued their annual tradition of playing ‘Rudolph’ by escorting the Forestdale Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Santa float to ensure safe passage and enjoyment of the local community.
The Forestdale NHW Santa float has been operating for nearly 30 years in various forms.
Commencing outside the local convenience store, the towed float meanders through the Forestdale community for over two hours and makes five stops to drop off and pick up children.
Accommodating 36 children, the Santa float carries nearly 200 excited children throughout the afternoon.
Officer in Charge of Browns Plains Police Station Acting Senior Sergeant Shane Clark said that the Browns Plains Police have been assisting the Forestdale Santa float for several years.
“Police undertake several roles to assist, including escort and float supervisor,” Acting Senior Sergeant Clark said.
Co-ordinated by local Forestdale resident Jocelyn Marentis, the Santa float has grown to be a highlight for the Forestdale annual calendar which is spoken about for weeks afterwards.
Bookings for the float are essential with residents getting in as early as December 1, to secure a spot for their children.
Lollies are thrown out from the float to those watching from their street party, or coming out of their homes to see the commotion.
All children on the float are also given a bag of lollies as they disembark.
The route of the Santa float is carefully mapped out to ensure maximum exposure to the Forestdale community.
The Forestdale Santa float is now a well-established major event in Forestdale with large portions of the community celebrating Christmas across the estate by setting up family street parties.
With many armed with water pistols, staying dry is a major feat.
Republished from myPolice Logan