Kids bring colour to street pa­rade

Reef Fes­ti­val pa­rade, get ready now

Whitsunday Times - - KIDS’ ZONE -

ONE of the most pop­u­lar events of the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val is mak­ing its re­turn this year.

The Rotary Street Pa­rade will storm the main street of Air­lie Beach with a num­ber of schools, com­mu­nity groups and busi­nesses from around the re­gion tak­ing part with a sea of colours and en­ter­tain­ment.

The theme of the pa­rade this year will be “all aboard for the reef”.

Chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar are al­ways a big part of the fes­ti­val with lo­cal schools of­ten sub­mit­ting large groups to spread the cheer.

Rotary mem­ber Merewyn Wright said chil­dren of­ten made up a large part of the pa­rade.

“Most of the schools usu­ally par­tic­i­pate and we hope the theme will give the schools some in­spi­ra­tion to be cre­ative and bring some colour and fun,” she said.

“A lot of chil­dren par­tic­i­pate through their clubs, whether it be the danc­ing school or the PCYC Wild Ones, any youth group is wel­come to par­tic­i­pate.

“It is a re­ally good fam­ily event and the more, the mer­rier.”

Par­tic­i­pants are encouraged to get busy now and make plans for their float to show the whole town their cre­ative flair.

En­try is free and there are some great cash prizes to be won.

There will be four cat­e­gories: best busi­ness, best not for profit, best en­try on the theme and most un­usual and wacky.

The pa­rade will be part of an ac­tion packed Satur­day for the fes­ti­val on Air­lie’s main street which will in­clude the Fraser Ford Revvin’ the Reef, the street pa­rade and the new ad­di­tion, the Magic Mile.

The pa­rade will be held on Au­gust 5, 4-6pm on the main street of Air­lie Beach.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing the street pa­rade can con­tact Merewyn Wright on 0419 723 986 or mer­ry­jay17@big­pond.com.

En­tires will close on Mon­day, July 31.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

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