Sunday, December 14, 2008

Day 14 - 2008 Advent Blog Tour

Today's stops on the Advent Tour are with Emily from Dreaming on the Job, Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-holic and with Cindy from Nocturnal Wonderings.

A couple of days ago I talked about the Melbourne tradition of visiting the Myer windows in the city. I haven't always lived here though. From the time I was 10 until my mid twenties, and then another couple of years later on, I lived in Adelaide. One of the major Christmas traditions in Adelaide is The Christmas Pageant.

The pageant was started in 1933, at the heart of the Depression, by the owner of the John Martins department store, and has bought joy to millions of South Australians over the years since. The pageant is held in early November each year, and heralds the commencement of the festive season because the last float is always Santa, making his way to the Magic Cave which is where all the kids can go and visit him. Every year a couple of hundred thousand people line the route, sitting behind the blue line and watch in delight as a variety of floats and characters pass by. I woke up this morning and found that the pageant was showing on TV, so it bought back lots of memories!

Kerrie from Mysteries in Paradise posted some photos of the pageant a while ago, and here is a video of some of the highlights.

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