Suitcases packed, wigs on, let’s clown around
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.
CITY-BOUND: Christmas Pageant clowns, from left, Madeleine Gray, Taylor Klompon and Hannah Gray on the peak overlooking Brownhill Creek.