Celebrating 80 years young
Credit Union Christmas Pageant TrailThe Credit Union Christmas Pageant has broken records, lifted spirits during the Great Depression and been attended by an Australian Prime Minister. In 2012, it celebrated 80 years.
While the pageant has evolved since the first event in 1933, one thing remains the same - its ability to bring young and old South Australians together to celebrate the beginning of the festive season.
In 2012 the Credit Union Christmas Pageant commemorated 80 years with a free Credit Union Christmas Pageant Trail on North Terrace from 4-7 October. The event was a huge success with more than 25,000 people enjoying the trail along beautiful North Terrace in Adelaide and using free commemorative passports to navigate their way through the State Library of South Australia, the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Inc, the South Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia and the Migration Museum.
Each site celebrated the pageant using old pageant video footage, colourful float designs, a selection of key floats, costumes and props and pageant entertainers including the royal family, bands, dance groups, face painters, costume workshops and a rare opportunity to have a ride on Nimble. Many not so young visitors fulfilled a childhood dream to ride on one of our pageant horses and the children collected stickers and stamps for their passports as a keepsake.
A Community Canvas, (an 80-metre long 'paint by numbers' canvas depicting pageant day images) was completed by the public. Have a look at our photo gallery and Facebook page for some great photos of the pageant trail and the canvas as it developed over the four days.
Our 80th year of the pageant was well supported with over 350,000 people lining the streets of Adelaide to watch the pageant while another 140,000 watched it live on Channel 9.
It was pageant perfect weather and the atmosphere was simply electric. Spectators were 40 deep in places and the thousands of smiling faces soaking up the sun and fun made the hard work worthwhile. Everyone had a great time, a time to remember for many years to come.
Here's to the next 80 years!