More than 500 people are involved with this years Christmas parade being held on Saturday

The streets of Launceston will be decked with tinsel (and families) on Saturday for the annual Apex Launceston Christmas Parade. 

More than 500 people and 37 floats are expected to be involved with this year’s parade. The theme this year is ‘A Night Before Christmas’.

Apex Launceston Christmas parade co-ordinator Anita Cox said she hoped the streets will be “packed with people”. 

“It’s great the local community come and participate especially at this time of year when they’ve got other stuff on, It’s great to see their support,” Miss Cox said. 

Each year, the float entry fee is donated to a charity. Spurr Wing, a Launceston home for families who have moved from rural areas for health reasons, is this year’s recipient.  

“It’s just a feel good day that everyone can come into the city and bring their families in and kick off the Christmas season,” Miss Cox said. 

The police will lead the parade, starting at 11am, with the man in a big red suit closing the event. The parade will finish in St John Street and will take one hour.