On a Saturday early in November, Santa comes to Adelaide with the decades old Christmas pageant. It's a great occasion when families line the route that winds for about 3 .5 kilometres through the streets of Adelaide.
The pageant first happened in 1933 at the height of the Depression, the brainchild of Sir Edward Hayward who owned John Martin's department store. When John Martin's was sold in the early 1990s it became a community event sponsored by a combination of the state's credit unions. There are 75 sets and 1,700 volunteers, including 57 floats, 15 bands, 164 clowns, dancing groups, and walking performers, all heralding at the end the arrival of Father Christmas.
It was a very multi-cultural pageant this year.
I got a bit carried away with the photos today, took over 150, so I'll just "treat" you to a few!
And below is the Enfield Brass, featuring 3 family members: daughter on trombone, son in law on cornet, and husband on drum. They were in my blog two weeks ago when they won the Tanunda Street March.