Pepping up the parade

PEPPA Pig will be a guest star in the Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant this year.

Lord Mayor Damon Thomas said the character would provide entertainment for the whole family.

“As any parent of a young child is aware, the lovable British cartoon character will feature high on many children’s Christmas wish list,” he said.

The Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant is an annual tradition, entertaining families with colourful community floats, dance groups and marching bands and a highlight of this year’s pageant, taking second place only to Santa.

Chairman of the Hobart Pageant Organising Committee Sue Hickey said this year’s Christmas pageant would be the best yet.

“The Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant is a must-see event for families, signaling the start of the festive season in the city, and this year we won’t disappoint,” she said.

“We have an impressive list of close to 60 entries from schools, local businesses, sporting and community groups.

“While Santa’s arrival is the highlight of the day for many spectators, I’m certain that having the opportunity to see Peppa Pig taking part in the parade will be a huge incentive for many families to attend.”

Peppa Pig was launched on the ABC in 2000 and is now the most popular children’s show on Australian TV.

It screens four times per day, out-rating all other children’s shows in the same time slot.

“Peppa Pig is also the number one rated children’s show downloaded on ABC iView, with a staggering two million views a month,” Ald Hickey said.

“Peppa Pig is currently the fastest growing pre-school toy brand and children’s DVD franchise in Australia.”

The 2013 Myer Hobart Christmas Pageant will be held on Saturday 16 November at 10.30am.

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