Pa­rade tipped to break record

The Weekend Post - - News - DANAELLA WIVELL danaella.wivell@news.com.au

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.

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