Spirit on show

The Advertiser - - LETTERS -

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.

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