Labor is calling on Premier Steven Marshall to reveal whether this year’s Christmas Pageant is going to pulled from the streets of Adelaide for a second year, as local tourism and accommodation providers ask for certainty.
Traditionally the pageant draws well in excess of 300,000 people to the city streets for a parade of floats and the arrival of Father Christmas.
Last year it was forced into a much smaller all ticket event inside Adelaide Oval at a time that precluded many small children even staying up to watch television coverage of the event.
The pageant is a key event in Premier Steven Marshall’s Bloom branding – a grab bag of existing events packaged up with a couple of new events and sold as a brand-new spring festival.
Already the first event of the Premier’s Bloom Festival – the Royal Adelaide Show – has been cancelled because restrictions on numbers that could attend, made it unviable.
South Australian tourism and accommodation providers are traditionally booked out for the pageant – they need certainty going forward.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison
Given current restrictions and that South Australia is projected to be the last State to have 80 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated, it’s nearly impossible to see that the pageant on the streets of the city as it has in the past.
The Premier should tell South Australians whether another of his Bloom Festival events is going ahead or not.
If the Christmas Pageant is taken off the streets, the Premier must tell South Australians now so they can prepare children for the disappointment of not being able to see the arrival of Father Christmas again this year.