Pa­rade a burst of bright­ness

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Me­gan Mas­ters me­gan.mas­ters@thechron­i­cle.com.au

WE’VE come to ex­pect great things of the Grand Cen­tral Flo­ral Pa­rade and this year’s event didn’t dis­ap­point.

Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil tourism and events port­fo­lio leader Coun­cil­lor Ge­off McDon­ald said it was his fifth year walk­ing in the an­nual pa­rade and he felt pretty cer­tain crowd num­bers ex­ceeded last year’s, which to­talled just un­der 100,000 peo­ple.

Cer­tainly there wasn’t much room for vis­i­tors to move as they crowded pave­ments along Hume St, Her­ries St, Ruthven St and Chalk Dr.

Toowoomba busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups worked for months to pol­ish up their pre­sen­ta­tions for the an­nual event and peo­ple lined the streets all the way around the pa­rade route to catch a glimpse of the ac­tion.

“The ef­fort that in­di­vid­u­als put into their floats and even the walk­ing groups should be com­mended,” Cr McDon­ald said.

“Hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears went into them.

“I’ve gone in the last five pa­rades and I reckon yes­ter­day was prob­a­bly the best of them.”

Queens­land Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk was on hand to open the pa­rade and com­pli­mented res­i­dents on their won­der­ful car­ni­val spirit.

She said the an­nual event was an im­por­tant one for the state’s tourism in­dus­try.

Pa­rade win­ners:

Grand Cham­pion Wool­worths Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion

Cre­ative en­cour­age­ment - RSPCA Toowoomba

Best band: Toowoomba Mu­nic­i­pal Band

Band with most car­ni­val spirit: Toowoomba Mu­nic­i­pal Band

Best cor­po­rate float: Wool­worths

Best com­mu­nity float Wil­son­ton Progress As­so­ci­a­tion

Best cre­ative vis­ual float - Bat­mo­bile

Best walk­ing group Ever­dance

Best Bike - Ge­of­frey Tal­bot

BLOOMING BEAU­TI­FUL: The Wool­worths float picked up Grand Cham­pion Float for the fifth year

Phoe­bie Brackin gives her wav­ing arm a work­out.

Su­per­heroes Gretta Free­man (left) and Jaqui Black­burn wave to the crowd.

Doc­tor Who fan Ben Ding­wall proudly marches as his idol.

The Danc­ing Stars group struts its stuff in the pa­rade.

Abby Tay­lor demon­strates some sweet roller­skat­ing and hoop twirling skills.

Mikayla Smith from the Dalby Big Buddy Pro­gram.

Amanda LeBon bal­anc­ing her way down Ruthven St.

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