New Christmas Pageant route for 2023!

NT Government

The ‘A Very Darwin Christmas Pageant’ is back again for 2023, with more than 650 Territorians taking part in this year’s merry initiative.

More than 40 floats have signed up for this year’s event, ranging from walking groups, dance groups, single vehicle floats and trailer floats.

After the success of the inaugural year the Christmas Pageant float route has also grown to encapsulate more of the Darwin CBD, and provide more viewing areas for the thousands of Territorians expected to attend.

Starting from Knuckey Street on the Esplanade, the floats will dance, walk and parade across Cavenagh Street, down Bennett Street and finish at Herbert Street.

Some of the local schools and associations taking part in the Pageant include, Rosebery Primary School, Darwin Karting Associations, St John Ambulance and Curled Ice Cream.

Amongst all of the Pageant fun, will be roving entertainment, activities for the kids, food trucks for light snacks, and following the Pageant will be the Lord Mayor’s annual lighting of the Christmas Tree.

The Christmas Pageant will begin at 5pm on Saturday 18 November. here

This initiative is a partnership between the Northern Territory Government and City of Darwin.

Quotes attributed to Chief Minister Natasha Fyles:

“Christmas in the Territory is unique and it is great to see community groups, schools and local business rally around this merry initiative for a second year.

“I look forward to seeing all of the floats at this year’s Christmas Pageant, and want to thank all of the Territorians who will make this event unforgettable as they take part in the parade.

“The Darwin Christmas Pageant is another way to enhance and celebrate our uniqueness. We are looking forward to seeing schools, community groups, walking groups, multicultural and sporting clubs involved, celebrating what it means to live, work and play in Darwin.”

Quotes attributed to City of Darwin, Lord Mayor, Kon Vatskalis:

“Christmas is such a special time, and this year the celebrations in Darwin are going to be bigger and better than ever.

“We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with the Northern Territory Government on The A Very Darwin Christmas Pageant for the second year running, and I am very pleased to see the popularity of the pageant has grown even more since last year.

“Personally, I am looking forward to lighting the Christmas tree at the conclusion of the pageant.

“The pageant heralds the start of a wide range of Christmas activities being held in the city through November and December, including a magical Santa’s Village at the Darwin Galleria and individual parties held in each of our wards.”

Northern Territory Government

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