Spirit on show
IT’S that magic time of the year when excited children drag their tired parents from bed before the crack of dawn to get prime viewing position for the Christmas Pageant.
The joy of Christmas brings thousands to the streets of Adelaide, chalk in hand and a Christmas carol in their hearts.
It has now been 85 years since the first Children’s Christmas Parade wound its way through the streets of Adelaide. That first parade, which had only eight floats, a handful of bands and no Father Christmas, set the benchmark for the joyous occasion that is the annual Pageant.
More than a thousand volunteers dedicate their time to make each year more memorable than the last, thrilling young and old with the new floats and displays of Christmas cheer.
It needs to be remembered that the first pageant was at the height of the Depression but was still a heartwarming success. It is fantastic to see the Christmas Pageant, like the city of Adelaide, has grown in strength over the years. All that remains now is to see what new wonders this year’s pageant will bring.