14 November 2015
Father Christmas has arrived in Adelaide for the start of the festive season, with more than 340,000 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, in its 83rd year in 2015.
Father Christmas was joined by not just his reindeer, but more than 1000 pageant participants - all dressed in bright, colourful costumes on over 60 floats.
There were also walking sets, bands, dancing groups and 250 clowns, who entertained the crowd along the route.
The colourful parade began at 9.30am at South Terrace with the blow of the gold whistle from Pageant Director Brian Gilbertson and Credit Union representative Jodie McDonald.
It wound its way along Wakefield Street and Flinders Street back to King William Street before finishing at the Magic Cave on North Terrace.
Pageant morning kicks off much earlier, however, for those people working behind the scenes, with all the floats brought into the city as early as 3am.
120 makeup artists work from as early as 6.30am to bring the pageant characters to life.
This year’s theme was Everybody’s a Star - with Pageant fans showing their festive spirit to Father Christmas as he arrived.
Father Christmas’ message when he arrived at North Terrace was one of simplicity.
“Christmas is all about love,” he said.
“Love one another every day.”
Father Christmas was joined this year by five new floats in the procession.
Christmas Puppy, with his furry tail and happy face, is proving to be a favourite already, while our Design a Mini Float Competition winner Maddy Nyp's Get Well Soon shared the joy of the Pageant with those who are ill.
The List Keeper held his list of names close and checked it twice, and the stunning Christmas Star shone bright as it twirled for the crowds.
This year the Pageant is also celebrating an incredible 20 years of support from sponsoring credit unions People's Choice Credit Union, Credit Union SA, Beyond Bank and Credit Union SA.