WHO doesn’t love a street parade? The people of Cootamundra came together on Saturday morning either taking part in the Wattle Time street parade or lining the street to watch the parade make its way down Parker Street.

More than 30 floats took part in the parade, which was organised by the Cootamundra Development Corporation (CDC) and the Cootamundra Shire Council.

Everything from semi trailers, walkers, dogs, cyclists, vintage cars and utes participated in the parade, proudly representing businesses, schools, organisations and clubs.

The procession was led by some very impressive vintage cars and members of the Cootamundra Antique Motor Club and Cootamundra Restorers Car Club.

Following the display of antique cars was the Cootamundra Herald with Miss Wattle for 2012 Brittany Fraser waving to the crowd.

Among the standout floats were Christine Wishart’s Dance Studio, Chris Edwards School of Dance, Cootamundra 256 Army Cadet Unit, Mitre 10, Cootamundra All Breeds Kennel Club, Cootamundra Scouts, South West Slopes Credit Union, Cootamundra Woolworths, the Lions Club, the Bicycle Users Group and the CADAS Kids.

Other organisations and businesses represented with a float included Brad Loiterton Auto Electrics, Can Assist, Cootamundra Nursing Home, Southern Cross Care Apartments, Cootamundra Men’s Shed and Cootamundra Wattle Guides.

Cootamundra High School, Cootamundra Public School and EA Southee Public School had a great turnout with the students donning their school uniforms and proudly walking with their school as part of Education Week which was celebrated across state from Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3.

Fire and Rescue NSW Cootamundra Brigade was the final float to conclude the parade.

CDC office manager Sharon Breese said the day was a great success and she couldn’t have been happier with the number of float entries and the support of those who turned out to watch.

John Stephens of the CDC said given so many families were tied up with the junior soccer Call to Arms and the junior league carnival in Junee, it was a terrific turnout.

Mrs Breese thanked everyone involved in Saturday’s street parade and party, in particular the Cootamundra Shire Council employees for their assistance on the day.

After the street parade the Wattle Time festivities continued in Cooper and Wallendoon Streets where market stalls and food stands were set up.

Cootamundra mayor Doug Phillips, together with Miss Wattle, had the honour of cutting the 2012 Wattle Time cake during the street party.

CELEBRATING WATTLE TIME: the Christine Wishart’s Dance Studio float looked terrific decked out with wattle on Saturday. Pictured are just some of those who were part of the float (from left) Chloe Waters with Mia McLaren, Brittany Louttit and Christine Wishart. Photo: Melinda Chambers

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