Organisers deem pageant a success

Monday, 3rd December, 2012

This year’s pageant was declared a success despite overcast weather. For more pictures turn to pages 10 and 11. This year’s pageant was declared a success despite overcast weather. For more pictures turn to pages 10 and 11.

By Emily Roberts

Organisers of the 2012 local Christmas Pageant are thrilled at how successful the event was over the weekend.

Saturday evening's events looked to be threatened by rain and wind but the weather pulled through to give locals a great evening, according to South Rotary's John Rouse.

"We are thrilled...The weather was kind, there were plenty of people and it looked like everyone was having a good time," he said.

Mr Rouse said the final number of floats for the night was 40; a number which pleased him.

He also said that the crowd was pleasantly large, which he put down to a cool change in the weather.

"There were thousands of people in Oxide and Argent Street. It was an excellent crowd," Mr Rouse said. "It was a lot cooler than it had been all week - I think people wanted to come out."

Mr Rouse said all the organisers of the pageant should be proud it was so successful.

"City Council, Middlemen and South Rotary should all be happy with it," he said. A new addition to the pageant was a float from Argent Street business,
Browsers.

"It was good to see Argent Street stores in it," Mr Rouse said.

"There were some good floats there. The (pageant) Princess float was very good, John Curtis' group had a truck covered in balloons and the Speedway truck was greatthis is just to name a few; everybody put in a great effort.

"The whole night was a great success...South Rotary is very happy with it."

This is Rotary's 21st year of organising the pageant after they took it over from the Chamber of Commerce.

After the pageant, locals went to Sturt Park to enjoy the after-party.

The post-pageant celebrations were introduced over the past couple of years to coincide with children meeting Santa in the park.

The party is organised through Middlemen and City Council.