Denmark pageant in the bag

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on December 9, 2017

DENMARKIANS are getting into the Christmas swing of things in preparation for their annual Christmas pageant.

The pageant will parade from Barnett Park and along Walker Street on December 22, with marshalling commencing at 4.30pm at Barnett Park and the parade at 5.15pm.

There will be market stalls, Christmas crafts and live entertainment in each shopping arcade to ensure everyone has a merry time leading up to Christmas.

Local group Plastic Bag Reduction Denmark will be one of the floats in the pageant, and they will be showcasing their giant fish.

The fish is full to the brim with nearly 2000 plastic bags, in an attempt to educate people about the damage done to the environment and marine life due to plastic bags, and to show just how many plastic bags consumers use every day.

Plastic Bag Reduction Denmark creator Karen Andersson has led a team of fellow Denmarkians in creating ‘borrow and return bags’ from old fabrics donated to the group or from the tip shop.

These bags are at the local IGA stores in Denmark to encourage people to say ‘no’ to plastic bags and say ‘yes’ to reusable, environmentally friendly options.

Ms Andersson said the group has made nearly 4000 bags since the group’s origin in December 2015 and will be handing them out to people during the parade.

“We aren’t trying to be a dampener on Christmas,” she said.

“We will be decorating Freddo Fin the fish to keep it festive and we just want to keep the education going.

“It’s about what gift we can give to the environment and the educational message behind what we are trying to do to save the environment.”

The Plastic Bag Reduction Denmark pageant float will be singing a rendition of Tim Minchins’ Canvas Bags with their version, Fabric Bags, and all people are encouraged to sing along and join the festivities.