The magic of Christmas came to life in the Bundaberg CBD last night as the annual Pageant of Lights parade took over Bourbong Street.
Hundreds of families lined the streets to watch as the more than 70 floats passed by, decked in all things festive.
The Pageant of Lights parade began shortly after Mayor Jack Dempsey and Hope Testro officially turned on the Christmas lights.
Amity Hannay’s favourite part of the parade was seeing Santa.
“And getting the candy canes!” Amity said.
Amity’s family attends the parade every year and arrived nice and early to secure a good spot.
Another of her highlights was the pre-parade entertainment and “the silly show that happened”.
Luke Bek’s favourite part of the parade was seeing the motorbikes in one of the floats and he said he loved to attend the event.
“It was exciting, it made people smile and it made them get more excited to see Santa,” Luke said.
Kym Williamson-Gleich has been going to the Pageant of Lights since she was young and is now enjoying it anew through the eyes of the younger generation.
Now she takes Shyloh Williamson-Gleich along to enjoy the festivities, which she said had become a traditional way to celebrate Christmas in Bundaberg.
“I’ve actually watched it develop,” Kym said.
“I enjoy the lighting of the tree and just the celebration and how it brings the town together.
“It’s awesome. What an amazing time of year and it’s good too see everyone come here and just celebrate.”
Floats bring magic of Christmas
The winning parade entries for 2019 were:
Open Christmas Entry: Catholic Parish of Bundaberg
School/Youth/Church Group: Bundaberg Riding for the Disabled
Community/Club Group: Kepnock Scout Group
For the second year, Catholic Parish of Bundaberg was one of the winning parade entries, taking out the Open Category.
Bundaberg Parish Stewardship Council Chair Trish Mears said she was so proud of the team that put the winning float together.
“For many years the Catholic Parish of Bundaberg Pageant float has been put together by an amazing team led by Trish and Peter Byrne,” Trish said.
“While they gave us valuable guidance this year, the mantle was passed onto younger members of our Parish Stewardship Council, led my Maddison Devine.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the hard work Maddison and the team put in over many months.
“Special thanks to the children who were our angels, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, cows and sheep on our float, complete with the nativity scene, beautiful lighting, Christmas music and enthusiastic walking group; and their families who supported them.”