9 November 2013

Father Christmas has arrived in Adelaide for the start of the festive season, with more than 320,000 people lining the streets to welcome him to town.

He arrived in Adelaide just this morning from the North Pole, for the start of the Credit Union Christmas Pageant – a tradition which enjoyed its 81st year.

Father Christmas was joined by not just his reindeer, but more than 1000 pageant participants - all dressed in bright, colourful costumes on a myriad of floats from Christmas Fairy Elves, Once Upon a Story Book and Grandpa’s Christmas Workshop.

There were also walking sets, bands, dancing groups and of course, 250 clowns, who entertained the crowd along the 3.3km route.

The spectacular procession started at 9.30am at South Terrace, under clear blue skies. It wound its way along Wakefield St and back along Flinders Street to King William Street before finishing at the Magic Cave on North Terrace.

Pageant morning kicks off much earlier though for those people working behind the scenes, with all the floats brought into the city as early as 3am.

Then 120 makeup artists work from 6.30am to 9am to bring the pageant characters to life.

This year’s theme was Everybody’s Welcome – and everybody certainly made sure Father Christmas was given the warmest welcome of all.
Father Christmas at pageant

Father Christmas has arrived in Adelaide for the
2013 Credit Union Christmas Pageant