There’s no rein on this parade
THEY'RE the faithful steeds of Santa - and today they'll proudly pull his sleigh down Palmerin St.
As the Rose City gears up for Santa's arrival, the Reimers family from Maryvale have been busy parading their beloved deer to Christmas functions around the country.
Graham Reimers has been training and breeding deer for the past 25 years, travelling around the country with his wife Helen and their two children Georgia and Connor.
Mr Reimers said people would travel for miles to come and see the deer at the head of today's Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade.
"They're just very unique," he said.
"It just adds a touch of reality for the kids."
Hand-reared from a young age by the family, stags Radar and Jake are among a team of 11 working deer currently used by the Reimers.
Mrs Reimers said the deer were incredibly intelligent animals and were very quiet.
"We've got this really great stag who produces excellent temperaments," she said.
"The kids are loving the deer - they have a really good rapport with them."
With a lifetime's experience growing up alongside deer and learning the ins and outs of handling them, Georgia and Connor are more than prepared playing the vital role of handling them through busy crowds and packed streets.
"Most of the time it's pretty easy," 13-year-old Georgia said.
"The best part is seeing the kids - you make them so happy."
For nine-year-old Connor, this will be the first Warwick parade that he has handled the deer for.
"I love getting to work with them and being up close with them," he said.
While the Reimers only have 20 deer on their property, they've been absolutely flat-out this Christmas - providing their services for some of the biggest Christmas functions and promotions in Australia.
On Thursday morning the deer were on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, and in just a few weeks they'll be starring in Brisbane's Queen St Mall 12 Nights of Christmas celebrations.
"It's just non-stop - it's our busiest year in 15 years," Mr Reimers said.
Parade crowds will be able to get up close and personal with the deer at today's parade, which kicks off at 10.30am.
Alongside a nativity scene with donkeys and camels, there will also be a few fawns for everyone to pat.
"People can pet the deer and pat the fawns outside the shopping centre until 1pm," Mr Reimers said.