Plenty more to see at car­ni­val

From Sideshow Al­ley to Teapot Ex­trav­a­ganza there’s heaps to do

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Me­gan Mas­ters me­gan.mas­ters@thechron­i­

GAR­DENS and pa­rades might be the first things that come to mind when the an­nual Toowoomba Car­ni­val of Flow­ers rolls around, but there is plenty more to it than that.

From Sideshow Al­ley down in Frogs Hol­low to the Teapot Ex­trav­a­ganza and even ball­room danc­ing in Lau­rel Bank Park, there was no short­age of des­ti­na­tions for avid car­ni­val-go­ers on open­ing week­end.

Al­berto Martinez and part­ner Anna Parra moved to Toowoomba last year, just weeks af­ter car­ni­val wrapped up, so they were de­lighted to fi­nally see what all the fuss was about this year.

The former Spain res­i­dents spent a delightful Sun­day morn­ing ad­mir­ing the blooms in Queens Park while tak­ing in some lovely opera num­bers by Di­vas in the Park.

Mr Martinez said they were blown away by how won­der­ful the city’s cen­tre­piece event was af­ter hear­ing about it while still in Spain.

“Of course, it’s fa­mous,” he replied when asked if he heard about it be­fore his ar­rival.

“It’s beau­ti­ful. It’s re­ally nice to be here.”

Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil tourism and events port­fo­lio leader Coun­cil­lor Ge­off McDon­ald said he had the hon­our of kick­ing off the ball­room danc­ing in Lau­rel Bank Park and was also im­pressed when he popped across the street to the Darling Downs Pot­tery Club, which had a car­ni­val dis­play.

He said an­other pop­u­lar ad­di­tion this year were pop-ups fea­tur­ing mer­chan­dise and gar­den­ing in­for­ma­tion.


SPAN­ISH FANS: Al­berto Martinez and Anna Parra ad­mire the beau­ti­ful blooms in Queens Park.

Ex­change stu­dent Olivia Kuchta from the United States en­joys the colour at Lau­rel Bank Park.

Noela Par­sons from Kil­coy and Garry Worm­ing­ton en­joy ball­room danc­ing in Lau­rel Bank Park.

Paige Tan­ner came all the way from Cun­na­mulla for Sideshow Al­ley.

Bria Ste­fanow­icz has a ball in Sideshow Al­ley.

Ella As­ton en­joys the Teapot Ex­trav­a­ganza.

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