Parade tipped to break record
A RECORD- BREAKING number of Cairns Festival participants will celebrate Cairns City this weekend.
More than 3200 people will parade down the street with 87 groups for the Cairns Festival’s biggest event, the Grand Parade.
Councillor Linda Cooper said the crowd tonight would be one to remember.
“We are heading towards large float numbers. We have 87 floats which all have a substantial number of people marching with them,” she said.
“We’re expecting bumper crowds.”
She said the highlight of the event, which is just one of many across the 10-day celebration, was the thriving community spirit.
“It’s such a great opportunity to be together and celebrate our pride in the city,” she said.
“Being in a pocket of thousands of people seeing the creativity on the floats ... there’s really nothing better.
“Last year we got 20,000 people to the parade, so with the weather this beautiful there’s no excuse to not break a record this year.”
The Grand Parade is just one of the many events happening across the city this weekend.
Randy Feltface, famous for being part of comedy duo Sammy J and Randy, will hold his Cairns premiere of award- winning show Randy Writes A
Novel at the Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns tonight.
Tickets are still available at CoCA’s website.
The Cairns Festival Longest Lunch will bring a collaboration between Harbour Lights restaurants Marina Paradiso, Dundee’s and Ochre for the highly anticipated Sunday lunch.
Chef Craig Squire said it would be the perfect way to round off the first weekend of Cairns Festival.
“It’s great to team up with the other restaurants. We’re doing a three-course meal with matching wines, it will be a great event,” he said.