Fairy­tale fun on pa­rade but Santa tops the bill


CHEWBACCA was there. So was Mary Poppins, Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood and Nasty Neville the Pi­rate King.

But for the hun­dreds of thou­sands of kids lin­ing the route for the 2018 Credit Union Christ­mas Pageant yes­ter­day, there was only one star of the show – that bearded bloke in the red suit called Santa Claus.

Ol’ Santa must have been sweat­ing up a storm – ac­cus­tomed as he is to North Pole weather – as the sec­ond largest pa­rade in the world (beaten only by New York’s Macy’s Thanks­giv­ing Day event) made its way through the city streets in sunny 26C weather. Among the 320,000-strong crowd was eight-year-old Ash­lyn Far­rer, who summed up the opin­ion of all the chil­dren when she said: “The Pageant is ex­cit­ing but the best bit is that you get to see Santa at the end.” The Pageant’s big­wigs agreed with the kids. “The an­tic­i­pated ar­rival of Fa­ther Christ­mas in Ade­laide each year for the Pageant her­alds the start of the Christ­mas sea­son and each year we see big­ger smiles and greater waves from the crowds for all our per­form­ers,” creative di­rec­tor Brian Gilbert­son said.

SU­PER FUN: (Anti-clock­wise, from be­low) Matilda Brougham, 8, and Keleis Fer­ris, 5; one of the Pageant’s many clowns waves to the crowd; long­time favourite Bruto and his friends; and Ari­arna Voron­ain­sky, 3, gets into the spirit.

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