Little Red Riding Hood and Rudolph’s Christmas Lolly Trolley were the two magical new floats unveiled
today as the countdown begins to the 2013 Credit Union Christmas Pageant on
Saturday 9 November.
Harrex, Chief Executive, South Australian Tourism Commission welcomed everybody
to the 2013 Credit Union Christmas Pageant event launch and thanked key event
partners and volunteers.
“Earlier this year I made my first visit to Stardust Castle and I was
amazed at the incredible work done by the small team and proud of the fantastic
asset we have in this State,” said Rodney Harrex.
“I am looking forward to experiencing my first Credit Union Christmas
Pageant this year.”
Gilbertson, Event Manager and Creative Director also officially announced the
theme for this year’s event ’Everybody’s
Welcome’ at today’s launch at Stardust Castle.
“The 2013 event is a reminder to us all that everybody in a
broadly based community like Adelaide is welcome to share each other’s
celebrations and cultures in harmony with one another. The Pageant knows no
boundaries,” Mr Gilbertson said.
The two new floats and four character painted tow motors were all
revealed to a crowd of more than 150 adults and children today at Stardust
Castle as they were entertained by the SA Police Band, with the South Australia
Police celebrating 175 years in the community in 2013.
Little Red Riding Hood, based on the much loved fairytale, will
delight audiences of all ages, keep an eye out for Grandma! Rudolph’s Christmas
Lolly Trolley is piled high with sweet treats.
For the first time, the tow motors (the small vehicles that pull
the floats) have been brought to life as characters in their own right by the
Pageant artists, adding another exciting visual element to the event.
Grant Strawbridge, Acting Chair, Credit Union Christmas Pageant
Company, said the credit unions were looking forward to the event as they
celebrate their 18th year of sponsorship of the event.
“The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is more than just a one day
event for us; it is a 365 day commitment by the more than 1000 people who work
or are associated with the credit unions.
We look forward to seeing the expressions on everyone’s face on Pageant
day,” Mr Strawbridge said.
“The recent Creative Partnerships Australia Community Award win is testament
to the unique partnership we have with the South Australian Government to
present this free event. It not only brings the community together but is
something that generates a great sense of pride which we share with everyone.”
Welcome’ to bring their biggest smiles and waves
as they prepare to welcome Father Christmas when this spectacular parade arrives
in Adelaide on Saturday 9 November 2013, starting at 9.30am.
More than 300,000 people are expected to line the Pageant
route as Father Christmas makes his way from South Terrace to the Magic Cave at
In 2013 the Pageant will be travelling a slightly
different route around Victoria Square due to the current redevelopment. Event organisers encourage pageant-goers to study
the route map carefully.
The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is
owned and managed by the South Australian Tourism Commission on behalf of the
South Australian Government and sponsored by People’s Choice Credit Union, Beyond
Bank Australia, Credit Union SA and Police Credit Union.