Christmas in Port Augusta

Not even winter weather in December could dampen the Christmas spirit as locals lined the streets for the annual Port Augusta Christmas Pageant.

PAGEANT: Dance Explosions helped bring the Christmas cheer as they marched the streets.

PAGEANT: Dance Explosions helped bring the Christmas cheer as they marched the streets.

A wide range of community groups enthusiastically made the three lap trek, waving to onlookers and handing out treats on their way past.

Plenty of smiling faces eagerly awaited the guest of honour and were not disappointed when the man in red made an appearance on the final leg.

Prizes were awarded to stand-out floats with Carlton R-9 School coming in first for their circus themed entry, second place went to the Port Augusta SES who put a man on the roof and in third was the ‘Shacky Christmas’ float from the Port Augusta Hospital Social Club.

Port Augusta Mayor Sam Johnson was given the tough job of judging the winners.

“Based on last on last year —while there were a few less floats than last year— the quality has certainly increased,” Mr Johnson said.

“People are putting more effort into it and there’s a lot more skill going into it as well.

“It’s also great to see a good uptake from the schools and the kids getting involved in building some really good floats.”

Following an appearance from Father Christmas, pageant goers made their way to Gladstone Square for the Community Christmas Party – rides, live music and plenty of fun ensued. 

Rotary Port Augusta president Steve Redfern said all 25 entries put forward an impressive effort.

PAGEANT: Santa Clause.

PAGEANT: Santa Clause.

“It was better than we anticipated,” Mr Redfern said. “We were very lucky with the weather.

“The float number was down but the size of the floats were extra large, so it ended up being the same size parade.”

Mr Redfern said enthusiasm levels were high and was pleased to see the kids were “right into it”.