It's pageant time!

LOCAL children will line Naracoorte's main streets tonight for the Kincraig Plaza Christmas Pageant and Street Party.

The annual community event is always a huge hit and a large crowd is expected from 5.30pm onwards.

The parade officially starts at 6pm and spectators can expect to see some of their favourite floats from past years as well as some new entries.

About 20 local service, sporting and social clubs as well as businesses and individuals have registered for 2013.

Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association president Brenda Gibbs said everyone was getting excited.

"It's one of the free things put on for the Naracoorte community," she said.

"There will be lots of childrens activities and food stalls set up. It's just a great family atmosphere."

Float preparation has been a top priority this week for everyone registered including the children and staff at Sunrise Christian School.

The theme of their float is "Jesus, the Greatest Gift".

It will be set on the beach with Christmas presents everYwhere and a big box which Jesus will pop out of - to signify him being the greatest gift.

SSO Tessa Nel said everyone was getting very excited.

"We've done something most years but it's not often as big as this time," she said.

"This week we've been painting and doing everything we need to get ready. It will be good fun."

This is the second consecutive year the pageant has been held on a Friday night, rather than a Saturday morning, after last year's new format proved a very popular move with locals.

The parade will start at the old railway yards and move along Ormerod St, turning right into DeGaris Pl in front of the library and right into Smith St. 

It will then continue along the Naracoorte Freight Depot breezeway before repeating the route for a second time.

Decorated bikes will assemble in the ANZ car park by 6pm for judging before joining the parade.

The community is reminded that the pageant and street party is a dry zone.

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