It’s That Time Of Year Again


Santa sign

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is on the way. Well actually most stores have had their Christmas merchandise out since well before Halloween but I refuse to acknowledge it until November. When I lived in Adelaide I considered John Martin’s Christmas Pageant the beginning of the Christmas season. John Martins is long gone and it’s been more than twelve years since we left Adelaide but Hobart has a Christmas parade too and it was held yesterday.

Although the parade is partly sponsored by a large department store the participants come from everywhere, businesses, schools, clubs and churches; it seems that anyone can enter a float. This years parade had a strong multicultural feel to it. The best entry in my opinion came from the local Buddhist temple who had a Lion Dance, and many marchers with twirling fans. I think it is rather nice that they participate so joyfully in the Christmas celebrations.

buddhists with fans

I loved the colourful clothing and the fans

buddhists marching in xmas parade

Amazing fan twirling

I did not have an easy time taking photos this year as my bus only arrived in Hobart ten minutes before the parade was due to start. My friends and I didn’t have as long to choose a good spot to watch and I had the problem of a couple of people standing nearby who kept moving and spoiled some of my pictures. However I did get a few that I liked and it was a nice sunny day for a Christmas parade. Some of my favourite displays this year were the RSPCA and the Sled Dogs for the obvious reason that they had dogs, very excited dogs I might add. We were near the beginning of the route and the dogs after waiting around to start were excited to be going on a big public walk.

My friend Ally’s old primary school had done a very clever display of “The 12 Days of Christmas with all the swans a swimming, maids a milking  etc. It was one that I was unable to photograph unfortunately. I also liked one from Glenview, a Hobart retirement home. They had put some of their residents in the parade with their mobility scooters and wheelchairs decorated as Christmas parcels. The Red Hat Ladies looked great although I didn’t get a good shot of them.

The Red Hat Ladies

The Red Hat Ladies

Residents of Glenview.

Residents of Glenview.

The clown doctors were there again, and some nice old vehicles, my favourite steam tractor, a vintage ute and a fire engine. Some of the churches had more traditional Christmas themes.

The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

The Firies

The Firies

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This was part of a recycling display. I love the little kid leaning out.

Two of Hobarts Clown Doctors who cheer up sick kids.

Two of Hobart’s Clown Doctors who cheer up sick kids.

My favourite. I love these things.

My favourite. I love these things.

There was lots of music too with all the usual suspects, the Police Pipe Band, the Hobart City Band, an army band. You can’t have a Christmas parade without bands.

Police Pipe Band

Police Pipe Band

Hobart City Band

Hobart City Band

Derwent Pipe Band

Derwent Pipe Band

Finally Santa Claus arrived on his float in his traditional red garb. Christmas had officially arrived in Hobart.

Santa Arrives

Santa Arrives

Merry Christmas from all of us.

Merry Christmas from all of us.

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