The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is a South Australian Icon! Every year, hundreds of thousands of people gather on Adelaide's city streets to see the world's largest Christmas parade.
There is so much to the Pageant, including thousands of people, tens of thousands of hours of painting, building and stitching, and of course, over the years, MILLIONS of people attending.
Here are some fun things you might not have known about the Pageant. If you knew them already, then you’re officially a Pageant person!
1. Adelaide’s first ever Pageant, in 1933, had 8 floats and 4 bands. It was started during the Great Depression by Sir Edward Hayward. All of the participants were staff at John Martins, except of course Father Christmas, who made his first ever appearance at the first Pageant.
2. There are 14 trucks used to transport all of the costumes, bikes and other props to the city for Pageant Day from Stardust Castle, not to mention the convoy of all of the floats that travel in the early hours of the morning.
3. In 2011, the Pageant achieved a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing red noses!
4. In the 1930s, the event was used to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Appeal and wartime effort relief with the introduction of the Pageant Queen. This tradition has continued ever since then.
5. The Pageant is the second-largest parade of its kind in the world, trailing only the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which is held annually in New York.
6. The clowns in the Pageant are trained at Clown School! They practice juggling, laughing, playing, cycling and acrobatics!
7. In the planning of each float, there are no technical drawings. Each float design starts off as a small scale model, which is then created into the real float by an expert team who build, shape, decorate and paint each float with incredible amounts of love, care and magic.
8. Some of the non-motorised floats are pulled by tow motors, and some of these are up to 80 years old!
9. The blue line that runs through the streets of Adelaide isn’t a normal road marking, it’s the Pageant Blue Honour Line! It’s painted on the streets to mark where crowds can sit from, and was first painted in 1958.
10. The Pageant Royal Family began in 1949, with the first ever Pageant Queen crowned. It wasn’t until 2009, that the Queen was joined by a Pageant King, and three Princes. This year, the Royal Family was selected by the credit unions.
This year's Credit Union Christmas Pageant is on Saturday the 10th of November, starting at 9.30am from South Terrace.