WHO WILL BE NO.1?
VOTE FOR BEST FESTIVAL FLOAT
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.