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Christmas spectacle crowds the streets

DINOSAURS, BMX bikers, stilt jumpers, cheerleaders and a crowd of 35,000 gathered to celebrate the beginning of the festive season in Hobart at the Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant on Saturday 17 November.

Pageant coordinator Sybil Edwards said the community event was “such a beautiful tradition.”

“A family day out filled with children’s laughter, surrounded by big, loud brass and pipe bands snaking their way around the city centre,” she said.

“This year’s event attracted 65 entries from the community, charities and local businesses, and more than 35,000 people lined the streets to watch the spectacle.”

Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds and Councillor Bill Harvey were judges, alongside Myer Hobart store manager Kathy Kelly and media sponsors.

“The Pageant opened with a special Welcome to Country by Pakana Cultural Learning Services, followed by a smoking ceremony, cleansing the parade route for the unfolding trail of floats and entries,” Ms Edwards said.

“We believe it was the first ever smoking to occur in a Christmas pageant in Australia.”

 

The winners and runners-up were as follows:

 

Best Overall Entry: Winner – Bravehearts; runner-up – Holy Tantra Esoteric Buddhism.

Best Community Entry: Winner – Southern City BMX; runner-up – Nepali Society of Tasmania.

Best School Entry: Winner – Bagdad Primary School; runner-up – Waimea Heights Primary School Jump Rope Team.

Best Costumed Entry: Winner – Big Monkey Theatre; runner-up – Claremont Little Athletics.

Best Dance Entry: Winner – House of Dance Tasmania; runner-up – Majestic’s Cheer and Dance.

Best Children’s Entry: Winner – Dominic College; runner-up – Scouts Tasmania.

Best Band Entry: Winner – Australian Army Band Tasmania; runner-up – Hobart City Band.

Best Business Entry: Winner – The Faerie Shop; runner-up – Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Best New Entry: Winner – Chinese Association Group; runner-up – Catholic Archdiocese of Hobart.

Lord Mayor’s Award: Winner – Hobart Malayali Association; runner-up – Guide Dogs Tasmania.

Photos credit: Amy Brown Photography.