Pageant play­ers ready to roll

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - ALEX LUT­TRELL

WITH their bikes decked out in tin­sel and rein­deer antlers, Harry and Max Hoare are just two of the thou­sands of par­tic­i­pants in this year’s Ho­bart Christ­mas Pageant.

The 37th pageant, to take place around Ho­bart’s CBD on Satur­day, will see many rid­ers from the South­ern BMX Club help usher in the fes­tive sea­son. They will be joined by a cham­pion penny far­thing cy­clist, stilt jumpers and eclec­tic bi­cy­cle artists — with 2000 par­tic­i­pants from more than 60 en­tries ex­pected this year. About 30,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to line the city’s streets for the event, which will in­clude 14 new en­tries.

Com­mu­nity, Cul­ture and Events Com­mit­tee chair­man Al­der­man Bill Har­vey said the coun­cil was pleased that schools, cul­tural groups, churches and busi­nesses were par­tic­i­pat­ing be­cause that re­in­forced the pageant’s lo­cal com­mu­nity feel.

The pa­rade will start at 10.30am from Liver­pool St and fin­ish in Collins St by noon. There will be free park­ing in the city‘s car parks, at the Re­gatta Grounds and CBD park­ing me­tres. In­for­ma­tion at www.ho­bartc­

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