Marlaina Pageant

Why I countdown to the Christmas Pageant

As a child watching the Pageant you are totally besotted with the colour, the sounds and of course the anticipation of seeing Father Christmas.

At 19, I got to participate in my very first Credit Union Christmas Pageant as a Pageant Princess. Since then I have been a Candy Carnival girl, a cricketer, A princess on Stardust castle, a CLOWN, a circus juggler, have walked next to the famous Nipper and this year I’m a Fire-fighter on Fergus the North Pole Fire Engine! If you think the excitement from being a child fades…it does not. Now I am in awe of the atmosphere, the smiling faces of the young and old and still of course waiting for Father Christmas to arrive.

The past two years I have been even more involved by taking part on the Beyond Bank Australia ‘Pageant Committee’. Together we get to organise the initial call for Staff nominations, allocating positions, help with costume fittings and even attend each floats rehearsal.

It it so exciting to see everyone take the time out of their everyday working life to put so much effort in an event for the community. One of my favourite parts would be the communication to all of the lucky Pageant participants what float and character they will be this year!

A few years ago I had nominated a friend to participate as a clown in the pageant. The smile that radiated from his face and the sincerest thank you gave me the realisation of how much the Pageant means to so many people.

The Pageant can affect us all, in different ways for everyone. Creating memories with your family, a fun day with your friends, a chance to wave at people you went to school with, a way to give back to the community, the list goes on. One thing is for sure that the bond between both sides of the blue honour line are what make Pageant Day my favourite day of the year.

I hope to see you all bright and early November 14 to spread the Pageant magic… I can confirm Father Christmas will be there!

Marlaina, Pageant Coordinator

Beyond Bank has been proudly bringing you the #cupageant magic for 20 years.