Christmas spirit is lighting up
THE threat of thunderstorms was not enough to dampen Bundaberg's Christmas spirit last night, as hundreds of families packed out the main street for the annual Pageant of Lights.
Bourbong St was a sea of colour, as floats adorned with tinsel and lights travelled down the street to the delight of adults and children alike.
One of the most acclaimed floats of the evening was Terry "Doc" Hough's DeLorean, in a tribute to the Back to the Future movies.
Mr Hough spent three months respraying and decking out the car and the effort was well worth it.
"It's been a really long process, but I think it's turned out well," he said.
The film fan was supported by his son, playing Marty McFly, while his girlfriend played Jennifer.
Mr Hough's wife, Pam, said the family had now seen Back to the Future countless times as her husband played the movie over and over to make sure everything matched.
Also in the parade were members of the Bundaberg BMX Club, who decorated their bikes in the best of Christmas fashions.
Brian Pratt and his family were just a few of those members who rode in the pageant.
"We've been to watch it before and it's always good, so we thought we'd come and enjoy the evening from the other side," Mr Pratt said.
"It's all about getting the kids out and having some fun."
The Bundaberg District Australian Filipino Association beautifully decorated a float, with plenty of members climbing aboard for the parade.
"Christmas is one of the main events we celebrate in the Philippines," member Nenita Pagulayan said.
The popularity of the annual event was apparent, with many people lining the street hours before the start of the parade.
Grandparents Fred and Doreen Brain were part of three generations of one Bundaberg family who arrived early.
"We always get here early to get a prime position," Mr Brain said.
"This is a tradition we do every Christmas."