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GET along to the Cairns Fes­ti­val Grand Pa­rade tonight and vote for your favourite float.

The an­nual Grand Pa­rade is one of the high­lights of Cairns Fes­ti­val’s pro­gram each year and is the big­gest per capita com­mu­nity pa­rade in Aus­tralia.

This year’s theme is “Shine” and the Cairns Post, along with fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers, are call­ing on spec­ta­tors to vote for the float they feel best de­picts this theme.

Now in its 56th year, the Grand Pa­rade – an an­nual crowd pleaser, gets un­der­way today from 5.30pm.

More than 3200 par­tic­i­pants, 20 dogs and an im­pres­sive show­case of 78 floats will join in the fes­tiv­i­ties along the Cairns Es­planade.

This year’s pa­rade will in­clude a gi­ant pup­pet of Ital­ian poet Dante Alighieri, the Boigu Is­land Tra­di­tional Dancers and a gi­ant pearl and clam sur­rounded by more than 300 par­ents and stu­dents dis­guised as sea crea­tures, as they cel­e­brate Holy Cross School’s 30th an­niver­sary.

The Blue Line Brigade will keep spec­ta­tors safe as they watch the ac­tion from “be­hind the blue line”. There is a prize pool worth $7500 up for grabs, which in­cludes a first prize of $3000, a sec­ond prize of $2000, a third prize of $1000 and three en­cour­age­ment awards val­ued a $500 each, along with the Cairns Post’s Peo­ple’s Choice Award for the best float, where an­other $1000 will be awarded. The Peo­ple’s Choice award will be an­nounced on­line on Septem­ber 2 and pub­lished in a later edi­tion of the Cairns Post. To vote and for full terms and con­di­tions, visit cairn­spost.com.au/com­pe­ti­tions.

Along with the Grand Pa­rade, there is a huge range of en­ter­tain­ment on the day, in­clud­ing the Panz Panorama Cham­pi­onships from 10am, in which steel­bands from across Aus­tralia and New Zealand vie to earn the ti­tle of PANZ Panorama Cham­pion 2017.

From 3.30pm, there will be rov­ing en­ter­tain­ment fea­tur­ing a range of strange char­ac­ters, in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed cir­cus per­form­ers and a spe­cial sur­prise.

After the Grand Pa­rade, there will be fire­works on the water­front from 7.30pm.

Keep an eye on the Cairns Post boards (right) on the front of each float, so you know which num­ber you need to vote for your favourite.

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