Day of double delights as birthday boy joins parade

YESTERDAY'S George Town Christmas Parade was extra-special for Jason Schreuder.

Not only did Jason get to sit in front of his mum's handmade three-metre snowman, it was also his ninth birthday.

"It's pretty good (to be in the parade on my birthday)," he said.

"I get to do cool things like find which present is my real one."

Jason said one of his presents was hidden among the dozens of fake presents on his truck and he had to try to find it.

"I was supposed to have a quick look every now and then when we were going but I couldn't find it," he said.

Jason was one of hundreds of children and community members who embraced the windy weather and featured in yesterday's parade.

George Town mayor Roger Broomhall said the parade, which included local schools and community groups, had one of the biggest crowds he had ever seen.

"Overall I think it was a very good result and certainly the community embraced it and seemed to enjoy themselves," he said.

A carnival with rides, face-painting, live entertainment and photos with Santa took over Regent Square after the parade.

"It really was a day out for the family," Cr Broomhall said.

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