Crowds stream in for festival fun
Geraldton residents awoke to a wet and gloomy Sunday morning, but the weather cleared just in time for the opening of the 60th annual Sunshine Festival.
To launch the week-long event, a Family Fun Day was held at the foreshore, drawing big crowds to Stow Gardens for all manner of entertainment.
A quintessential part of the festival, the Geraldton Yacht Club’s 25th annual Dragon Boat Challenge drew plenty of spectators early on.
The GMA Garnet BMX Stunt Show impressed young and old spectators alike, as riders casually pulled off massive flips and other mind-bending tricks on command.
There were food stalls both familiar and exotic, showbags for sale, and live music, including a performance by the Geraldton Primary School choir.
In the afternoon, the 711 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets were awarded Freedom of Entry to the City in a ceremony held in Edith Cowan Square, followed by a fly-past by RAAF Pearce- -based 79 Squadron Hawk aircraft.
Next came the main event, the QTM Float Parade, which attracted hundreds of revellers to the city centre to watch the procession down Marine Terrace.
Dozens of community groups and businesses took part, including crowd favourites Geraldton Dog Rescue, which was accompanied by a pack of hilariously dressed pooches. History re-enactment enthusiasts the Twin River Guard were popular as usual, with members dressed as medieval knights, royalty and religious figures.
Other highlights included a fleet of vintage cars, the Sin City Rollers roller derby club, and dancers dressed in wildly colourful garb.
Several volunteer groups also made an appearance, including Cape Burney and Waggrakine Volunteer Bushfire Brigades, and Geraldton and Champion Bay Surf Life Saving Clubs.
The Sunshine Festival runs until Saturday, with various activities and events being held across the City of Greater Geraldton.
Children dressed as yellow submarines join the parade down Marine Terrace at the 60th annual Sunshine Festival.
Roller derby players, the Sin City Rollers, had as much fun as anyone on the day.
A GMA Garnet BMX Stunt Show rider performs a stunt for the crowd.
Members of medieval re-enactment group Twin River Guard.
This pooch, walked by a Geraldton Dog Rescue volunteer, was happy to play dress-up.
Colourful costumes were plentiful.
A large cross-section of the Geraldton community took part in the QTM Float Parade.
The Jump! float, with its marine theme, was popular with the children.
Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club joins the parade.
The 1st Geraldton Scout Group Joeys.
The 711 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets start the QTM Float Parade after being granted Freedom of Entry to the City.