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Crowds flock to Pageant

Monday, 6th December, 2010

Hot conditions couldn't deter an enthusiastic crowd from enjoying the Christmas Pageant on Saturday.

Forty-five floats featuring singing, dancing and the odd cartwheel made their way down Oxide and Argent Streets before ending up at Sturt Park.

A crowd numbering in the hundreds enjoyed the sights, as well as balloons and lollies being handed out.

A wide array of floats took part. Schools, preschools, the fire brigade, Rotary clubs, businesses, the RSPCA, and both girl guides and the scouting groups all took part and put the effort in.

Piper Fred Peters played the bagpipes on the front of the "Haggis" float as it made its way through the parade. 

Costumes were popular this year with people dressing as elves, snowflakes, presents and fairies - even pets were getting in on the act with many dressed in colourful outfits.

Broken Hill Pageant Princess Desley Edwards took pride of place with Santa on the last float of the pageant, alongside a Christmas tree, sleigh and reindeer.

The parade culminated in an after-party in Sturt Park and Community Markets. 

Revellers enjoyed hot food, barbecues, drinks and ice-cream, as well as live entertainment by Tony Ruth.

After the pageant Father Christmas headed to the Sturt Park rotunda to ask kids about what they wanted for Christmas.

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