Santa, Mrs Claus and their helpers are in town to help set up for the Pageant of Lights.
Santa, Mrs Claus and their helpers are in town to help set up for the Pageant of Lights. Scottie Simmonds

No lollies for lights parade

THE Pageant of Lights parade is getting ready to make Bundaberg sparkle tomorrow night, but the traditional practice of handing out lollies to kids won't be part of festivities this year.

Bundaberg Regional Council community and arts spokeswoman Judy Peters said the lolly ban was to ensure the smooth flow of the parade through the city's centre.

Cr Peters said experience of previous parades through the city showed the practice of throwing or handing out lollies slowed up parts of the parade.

"There is also the safety aspect for children," she said.

The NewsMail received several reports that some children felt ill after eating lollies handed out at last year's parade, but Cr Peters said no official complaints were made to the council.

"Santa and his helpers will be handing out lollies at Buss Park before the start of the parade," she said.

"Any lollies handed out by Santa will be specially wrapped."

The family night of festivities will begin tomorrow at 6pm in Buss Park with market stalls, plenty of food and a line-up of performers, including children's entertainers, the Silly Billies.

Local string ensemble Quatro will begin the entertainment at the Buss Park stage at 6pm while in the CBD Pavilion the Orpheus Singers and Jazz Katz will have toes tapping until 7pm.

Mayor Lorraine Pyefinch will turn on the lights of the Christmas tree in Buss Park, accompanied by the ringing of church bells.

Direct from the North Pole, Santa will arrive at 7.15pm.

The parade will start from the CBD at 7.15pm followed by entertainment from Walkervale State School's Club Move in Buss Park.



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