I went into town with my camera, intending to take photos of the Chinatown area around the Central Market.
The bus was a little crowded, so I got off a few stops early and walked up Wakefield Street towards Victoria Square.
I began to notice more and more people, all heading the same way as me. Families, many, many, small children and babies in prams.
Further down the street I could see crowds of them lining the middle of the road.
I'd completely forgotten it was Christmas Pageant day!
There wasn't a good spot for me to stop and take photos, so I decided not to take any and just kept walking towards the market.
But then I saw something I could climb up on and maybe get a decent photo or three....
I'd missed the first few floats and even standing up on something, I still couldn't get photos of the bands that were playing and marching along.
I could only get photos of the bigger floats that stood out above the crowds.
Here are some of those.
Christmas on Parade.
Smoke breathing dragon.
Naughty or Nice? This wheel spun as the float moved along, then stopped when the float stopped.
The choices were naughty, needs help, nice and I couldn't read the other one.
Aaarrgh! Ahoy me hearties! Captain Hook I believe.
This shiny kangaroo bobbed his way along.
Christmas presents piled high. There were three such piles on this float.
Have you ever heard a brass band play Funky Town? This one did.
Santa blowing kisses. When I was a kid, Santa threw lollies.
Santa waving to the kids.
I did eventually get to Chinatown and took photos too, but I'll post those another day.
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