Well on the first official night of the Fringe ‘Adelayed’ certainly lived up to its name with an unaccountable delay of almost an hour before the opening parade got under way. Once it did however, the spectacle was worth waiting for, though the 30+ heat made it a close run thing for some of the thousands of people that made the effort to come into the city from all over the state. A few families with young children suffered some unnecessary distress, not only from standing around for too long in the heat but from the idiots who decided that they would just walk in at the last minute and stand in front of them, blocking their view. It never ceases to amaze me how selfish people can be.
The antics of the mindless few, however, were forgotten when the parade finally got under way with music, dance, acrobatics, light shows, fireworks and the general good will that is the trademark of this street festival on a massive scale. All those who mock Adelaide as being a place where nothing ever happens must be sitting at home being grumpy in front of their televisions waiting for the entertainment to come to them because, even before this Fringe has officially started, I have been out at a show (or two) every night this week. Next week we host the Clipsall Saloon Car race and then there is always the World Music Festival, Womadelaide. Do these complainers never actually venture into the city? Many of these major events (like the Australia Day concert and fireworks) are free. Of course if you choose to live out at Britain-on-Sea then it could be a long drive, but that’s why I choose to live nearer to the city.
The slightly higher property values of the metropolitan suburbs go hand in hand with lower travel times to places that matter (unless all you are interested in is a beach), better public transport, better choice of retail outlets and a general feeling of connectedness to what is going on. I cannot imagine burying myself so far out that I couldn’t get into the city within half an hour max, and I can still get to a choice of beautiful deserted beaches in 30 minutes and into the Adelaide Hills in 15. But then that's my mindset and it doesn't suit everyone.
As Home2Home has been saying for years, bear in mind when choosing where to live that the city is where everything of importance happens. That is the nature of a state that is so large and has such a low population. Economies of scale determine that major events are concentrated in the city. Bury yourself too far out and you will miss out. Make the effort and you will be rewarded with a rich variety of entertainment (for all the family) that won’t break the bank.
Anyone else at the parade last night - what events are you going to see at the Fringe?