Street pa­rade to hit our town

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE time has come to start think­ing about your float for the Reef Fes­ti­val’s Ro­tary Street Pa­rade.

With some se­ri­ous cash prizes on of­fer, it’s a great ex­cuse to dress up, have some fun with friends and col­leagues, and pro­mote your busi­ness, school or com­mu­nity group at the same time.

The Ro­tary Street Pa­rade is one of the most pop­u­lar events of the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val, which runs from Fri­day, Au­gust 5, to Sun­day, Au­gust 14.

The pa­rade will be held on Satur­day, Au­gust 6, at 4pm along the main street of Air­lie Beach.

This gives en­trants a month to cre­ate or build their floats, which can be any­thing at all as long as it suits this year’s Reef Fes­ti­val theme of Find­ing the Reef.

Last year, Sail­abil­ity Whit­sun­day won the Best Themed Float cat­e­gory, while Mama Africa Bar and Night­club won the Best Busi­ness cat­e­gory.

Can­non­vale State School was judged Best Not-for-Profit and Fun Rentals took out the gong for the Most Un­usual and Wacky float.

Each win­ner won $250.

Pa­rade or­gan­iser and Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach sec­re­tary Merewyn Wright said “the world is your oys­ter when it comes to dress­ing up your float”.

“En­trants are en­cour­aged to get as cre­ative as they like with their en­try, which can be a ‘walk­ing’ en- try or a float – or a com­bi­na­tion of the two,” she said.

“We’re look­ing for lots of cre­ativ­ity and smil­ing faces to bring our main street alive, so think colour­ful coral, tropical fish and marine life, and the Great Bar­rier Reef.”

The clos­ing date for en­tries is Mon­day, Au­gust 1, and en­trants are no­ti­fied be­fore the pa­rade of their po­si­tion and start time.

There is a charge of $20 per busi­ness (ex­cept fes­ti­val spon­sors) and not-for-profit groups and schools can en­ter free.

To be sent the guide­lines and en­try forms, email Merewyn Wright at mer­ry­jay17@big­pond.com.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val, visit the web­site www.whit­sun­dayre­effes­ti­val.com.au or fol­low the fes­ti­val on Face­book.

Photo: An­drew Pat­tin­son

PA­RADE: Can­non­vale chil­dren in last year’s pa­rade.

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