Start preparing for the 2018 Drakes Advance Kingscote Christmas Pageant

A scene from the 2017 Drakes Advance Kingscote Christmas Pageant.
A scene from the 2017 Drakes Advance Kingscote Christmas Pageant.

It is that time of the year again; Christmas is approaching fast and that means that it is time to start preparing your entry for the Drakes Advance Kingscote Christmas Parade. 

The parade will have a new start time of 6pm on Friday, December 21, so floats will need to muster at the car parking area above the wharf by 5.30pm.

Dauncey Street will come alive to the smell of wonderful food, music and Christmas cheer as our wonderful community comes together to celebrate at this joyous time. 

Due to the new start time and other considerations we will not be able to have a Treasure Hunt, but in lieu there will be a Chalk Art Competition for the young ones on the road of Dauncey Street, with a $25 first prize, $15 for second and $10 for third. 

Of course Santa and his helpers will be there on the veranda in front of our friends at Century 21 after the parade.

Drakes, The Islander, OTR, the KI Council and Seas the Moment are wonderful in their support of this community event, but they are not alone; so many of our well known and popular businesses readily put up their hands to provide plenty of prizes for the Parade.

For example, a family food voucher from KI Fresh Seafoods and six bottles of Bay of Shoals Wine for the Best Float. 

The Aurora Ozone has also generously come on board, so we can now offer a prize in a new category - best float from a club or association; so come on all you clubs - a $100 meal voucher is up for grabs!

Kingscote can also be justly proud of the efforts of a lot of our householders with some wonderful Christmas Light displays. 

These efforts may not go without reward as the best display will win a first prize of a gift voucher to the value of $100 and a $50 voucher will go to the second-place getter, courtesy of our friends at Linden Lea Mitre 10.

It’s our Pageant; let us make it one to be proud of: be involved, have fun.  If you can be part of the Parade, grab your family, workmates, or club members, put in an effort and just do it. 

If not, just make sure that you are there to cheer on the participants; being a happy, vocal member of the crowd might just make you the most important person there!

John Clements, Advance Kingscote Progress Association vice chairman