Ex­pe­ri­ence flower power at Gar­den City’s car­ni­val

Toowoomba’s fa­mous car­ni­val is now in its 68th year

Central Telegraph - - WEEKEND - BY Kate Dodd

PRE­PARE your petals, ready your ears and cleanse your palates be­cause the 68th Toowoomba Car­ni­val of Flow­ers has un­veiled its pro­gram of mu­sic, food, fun, wine, flo­ral art and gar­den­ing.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul An­to­nio said the car­ni­val was, and would con­tinue to be, a stand-out event on the Aus­tralian cal­en­dar.

“This year’s flo­ral pro­gram once again is a tes­ta­ment to our bold am­bi­tion for this event, promis­ing breath­tak­ing dis­plays of botanic bril­liance across flo­ral ex­hibits, fresh flower mar­kets, glo­ri­ous gar­den tours and more,” he said.

“We look for­ward to wel­com­ing ev­ery­one to Toowoomba in Septem­ber.”

The car­ni­val, the brain­child of Es­sex Tait and the Toowoomba Cham­ber of Com­merce, was in­tro­duced in 1949 as a way for the city to use its Gar­den City rep­u­ta­tion to pro­mote eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity fol­low­ing the re­cent hard­ships of the Sec­ond World War.

On Oc­to­ber 21, 1950, the Toowoomba Car­ni­val of Flow­ers started with a street pro­ces­sion that stretched 4.8km in length.

Led by a bul­lock team and watched by a crowd of about 50,000, the pa­rade was a re­sound­ing suc­cess and the car­ni­val sub­se­quently be­came firmly ce­mented as an an­nual event.

From Septem­ber 15 to 24, lo­cals and vis­i­tors can take ad­van­tage of a pro­gram of more than 60 events and experiences, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed mu­si­cal acts, award-win­ning parks, some of the best food and wine in south­ern Queens­land and a mul­ti­tude of cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.

This year spe­cial guests at the Er­gon En­ergy Food and Wine Fes­ti­val in­clude ABC Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia’s So­phie Thomp­son and Aus­tralian chef Anna Gare, and mu­sic acts in­clude Daryl Braith­waite.

He will per­form along with leg­endary Aus­tralian rock­ers The An­gels as well as Aus­tralian band The Tem­per Trap.

Others in the line-up in­clude The Pa­per Kites, Boys in the Band and The Di­a­monds as well as Mel­bourne-based singer-song­writer Alex La­hey and The Voices, a stun­ning col­lab­o­ra­tion of some of the big­gest names in Aus­tralian mu­sic – Mark Gable (Choir­boys), Dale Ry­der (Boom Crash Opera), Reece Mastin (X Fac­tor sen­sa­tion) and Ja­son Sigh (Taxiride).

The Grand Cen­tral Flo­ral Pa­rade, which re­mains firmly at the heart of the cel­e­bra­tion, will bring the city to a stand­still on Septem­ber 16 when more than 100,000 peo­ple line the streets.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

◗ Isa­iah Fire­brace will be among the en­ter­tain­ers wow­ing Toowoomba crowds.

PHO­TOS: MIKE CUR­TAIN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY/ONEILL PHOTOGRAPHICS

Don't miss all of the fun, flow­ery action at the Toowoomba Car­ni­val of Flow­ers and, right, The Di­a­monds will per­form at the car­ni­val.

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