There will be a procession of 147 colourful and fun floats; some are old time favourites, some will make their Pageant debut. But there is no float more anticipated than the very last one - the one that brings Father Christmas to Adelaide (and the Magic Cave).
Tens of thousands of people line the city streets to see the Pageant. Many get there very early (some as early as 4.30am!) to gain a good viewing spot. Children entertain themselves with bubble blowing, colouring in, chalk drawing on the road etc. The time flies past and before they're aware - they're being asked to move behind the blue line and the music can be heard!
But, before the Pageant officially starts, the crowd are asked to rise to their feet and sing the National Anthem. The anthem will be broadcast live at the head of the Pageant through the street speaker system.
If you are driving in, check which roads will be closed - some close at 7am so access to some parking areas will not be available. The better option is to come in by public transport. Study the pageant program and route, get there early and be prepared with food, drink and entertainment for the little ones. Bring your breakfast and have a picnic and don't forget the sunblock and hat!