The 2016 Whyalla Apex Christmas Pageant is nearly here, and is set to get the whole city excited about Christmas.
The pageant is less than a month away, and this year’s Christmas pageant will include all of the Christmas favourites, with local businesses and groups putting in an extra special effort to ‘wow’ the crowds of children and adults alike.
The pageant will start at 5.30pm on Saturday, November 26 from the Wood Terrace and Forsyth Street intersection, travelling along Forsyth, Patterson and Jamieson streets.
While the main procession will continue past the gardens to Delprat Terrace, the final float – Father Christmas and his sleigh – will stop at the Ada Ryan Gardens’ Cudmore Terrace gates to be part of the Whyalla Apex Club’s After Pageant Fair.
This year’s Christmas pageant will follow the same route as last year’s, with floats turning left onto Cudmore Terrace and left again onto Delprat Terrace for the dispersal of floats and participants.
This will again mean that there is no vehicle access from Cudmore Terrace to either the marina, including the boat ramp, or eastern foreshore car parks between about 4pm and 6pm.
Residents wishing to park in these areas will need to be in position before the barriers go up.
The council trusts marina users will see the inconvenience of accessing the ramp or associated clubrooms during this period as a small disruption.
Householders and organisations affected by the pageant, including emergency services, will be fully informed through a special letterbox drop.
Whyalla City Council acting chief executive officer Migelle Hiscock, and Apex club spokesperson, Damien Trenwith, are encouraging community, businesses and service organisations to support and participate in the pageant to ensure the thousands of youngsters who will line the streets are able to thoroughly enjoy this year’s pageant.
Pageant organisers are also encouraging parents to keep an eye on their children and ensure they remain behind the blue line.
“We certainly encourage parents to keep an eye on their children to ensure the safety of everyone both involved in the pageant, and spectating,” Mr Trenwith said.
The annual toy run, coordinated by dedicated community members, will also be on again this year, kicking off at 5pm before the official pageant beings at 5.30pm.