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.