Suit­cases packed, wigs on, let’s clown around

The Advertiser - - NEWS - ROX­ANNE WIL­SON

THREE lit­tle clowns went out one day, over the hill and far away.

But the time has come for the colour­ful trio to find their way back to Ade­laide for this morn­ing’s Credit Union Christ­mas Pageant. The pa­rade, in its 86th year, will start at 9.30am.

More than 300,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to line the CBD’s streets to watch 63 floats – in­clud­ing new­com­ers the Credit Union Pageant Ex­press, The Kind­ness Tree, The Gin­ger­bread House, and Christ­mas Shoppe. The floats her­ald Father Christ­mas’s ar­rival in the city, as he jour­neys to the Magic Cave at David Jones.

Pageant direc­tor Brian Gil­bert­son said the clowns had a very im­por­tant role to play – af­ter all, “they bring mas­sive en­ergy” to the event.

“They are part of the 172 dif­fer­ent the­atri­cal sets that are out there on Pageant day,” he said. “A per­son who is car­ry­ing an um­brella as a clown may well turn it into a trum­pet, and that makes peo­ple smile. The more smiles and laughs we get on the day, the hap­pier the au­di­ence.”

It may seem like fun and games but be­ing a clown is no easy feat.

“The clowns go 6km or more – it’s only a 3.3km route, but the run­ning around they do makes their job much harder,” Mr Gil­bert­son said. “How­ever, they thor­oughly en­joy it.”

This year’s event marks the fi­nal year of the credit unions’ 23-year spon­sor­ship.

Pic­ture: NAOMI JEL­LI­COE

CITY-BOUND: Christ­mas Pageant clowns, from left, Madeleine Gray, Tay­lor Klom­pon and Han­nah Gray on the peak over­look­ing Brown­hill Creek.

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