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Christmas Pageant rolls into town

THE Christmas season was ushered in with giant bees among the many creative and colourful features of this year’s Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant.

Presented by the City of Hobart, the annual parade saw more than

2,500 people across 66 floats hit the streets to celebrate the festive season in true Hobart style.

“The Christmas Pageant is one of the biggest events on Hobart’s calendar,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“It brings people together in our city centre to celebrate the start of the festive season and the creativity of local people.”

Community artist Naomi Marantelli, who has been involved in the pageant for more than two decades, lent her creative expertise to at least 16 of the 66 floats in this year’s parade.

But it is one particular school-based creation that really created a buzz – six bees with 1.2-metre long bodies and two-metre wing spans hovering over students from Fairview Primary School, who represented flowers.

It was during a drawing workshop at the school that both the artist and students became inspired by a spring scene.

“We were outside and drawing the bees that we could see in the garden,” Ms Marantelli said.

“We know that bees are important and they’re having a bit of trouble, so it seemed like a good theme for the pageant.”

Students from the school used recycled materials to make the bees and flowers, while Rose Bay High School students created the frame for the bees.

Other features of the parade included King Julien and the Penguins from Madagascar, The Poseidon Adventure, Wheelie Bin Orchestra, vintage fire trucks and the Tasmanian Lighthorse.

Sue the Unicorn, Rufus the Donkey and their baby Dufus also made an appearance on behalf of the Taste of Tasmania.

The City of Hobart would like to thank everyone who helped make the Myer 2019 Hobart Christmas Pageant a great success.

It expresses its sincere gratitude to principle sponsor Myer, the event’s media partners, local businesses, emergency and transport services, including Tasmania Police, Ambulance Tasmania, Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania State Emergency Service, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart Private Hospital, Firesafe Equipment, Metro Tasmania, Tasmania’s Own Redline Coaches, Red Decker Company and Tasmanian Lighthorse.

Caption: The 2019 Hobart Christmas Pageant saw 2,500 people across 66 floats hit the streets to kick off the Christmas season.

Photos supplied by the City of Hobart.

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