It's one of the biggest days of the year in South Australia. Here are some handy tips to ensure your visit to the Credit Union Christmas Pageant is a breeze!
Before you make your way to town, study the pageant route so you know where to go when you arrive. To get the best spots, you'll need to arrive early. Make sure you bring some food and drinks (especially for the children) and locate the nearest toilets. Credit Union Sites are also located along the route. Visit them for route and pageant information, sunscreen, water and assistance with lost children.
Pageant programRefer to the pageant program to make sure you know when your favourite floats are on the way and to count down to the arrival of Father Christmas. Download the pageant program or get the 2012 Credit Union Christmas Pageant iPhone App (free from iTunes). The 2013 program will be available after September 2013 and available from Credit Union Sites on the day and distributed generally in the lead up to the event.
Safe viewingThe Blue Honour Line is a pageant tradition and the key to a successful and safe event. Please stay behind the Blue Honour Line to give our performers plenty of room and for everyone's safety.
Make sure the little people get the best seats in the house (up the front behind the blue line). Adults, please stand at the back.
If you wish to sit while watching the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, bring rugs, cushions or low chairs (some folding chairs can interfere with other people's view of the pageant). If you do set up a chair, make sure you leave room for the children in front of you. They don't take up much room but they are the pageant's biggest fans and deserve the best view!
Sun safetyDon't forget to apply plenty of sunscreen before you go out in the sun to allow it time to protect your skin. Make sure you reapply throughout the day. Remember, you can still get burnt, even if it is cloudy and overcast.
If it's warm, be sun smart and wear sensible, light coloured, cool clothing and a hat. Cancer Council SA recommends protecting the skin in five ways when the UV level is 3 and above:
• Slip on sun protective clothing
• Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen
• Slap on a shady hat that protects the face, neck and ears
• Seek shade. There are plenty of good, shady locations along the pageant route and with the pageant finish at approximately 11.30 am, it’s possible to be off the streets by the middle of the day before the UV reading is highest
• Slide on close fitting sunglasses
Take lots of water with you. Take a cooler bag or freeze some water bottles the night before.
Missing personsThe best way to prepare for pageant day and ensure that no one goes missing is to have a plan. Arrange a pre-determined meeting place and time to meet in case you get separated. Make this plan known to all members of your party/family.
Write a parent/guardian/carer’s mobile phone number on your child's arm with a washable ink so that police and emergency services can make contact and reunite you/guardian/carer with your child. Or visit a Credit Union site for an "I'm a Credit Union Christmas Pageant kid" wristband - contact phone numbers can easily be written on the band.
The Credit Union Sites set up along the pageant route make ideal meeting places.
A parent, guardian or carer should make sure they know what their child/charge is wearing, so a detailed description can be given to police and emergency services to help locate the child/charge if they become lost. Introduce your child/charge to or point out the nearest police officer on the pageant route so they know who to go to if they lose sight of you.
There is a large police presence on Credit Union Christmas Pageant day. In the unfortunate event that you should lose someone and are not promptly reunited, please contact the nearest police officer or go to the police stations at either 26 Hindley Street or 60 Wakefield Street or 1 Angas Street to file a "missing person" report.