St Matthew’s won the rosette for the Community Group Section in the Palmerston North Christmas Parade on Sunday 4 December. This annual event is a major event for the Palmerston North community’s calendar. St Matthew’s has had a float in the parade for a number of years, and a lot of effort goes into the float depicting the real meaning of Christmas. This year, the float featured a number of angels, wise men, Mary and Joseph, and a crib. There was even a life-sized donkey made by parishioners.