Pa­rade still set to go ahead

The Gympie Times - - NEWS - DONNA JONES RE­PORTER donna.jones@gympi­

AS OF 6.30pm yes­ter­day, the iconic Gold Rush Street Pa­rade was still sched­uled to hap­pen to­day.

That is de­spite the fore­cast for more rain for to­day.

The his­toric Gold Rush Pa­rade is a much-hon­oured Gympie tra­di­tion and in days gone by, elab­o­rate floats would be con­structed out of chicken wire and thou­sands of crepe pa­per flow­ers and float their way up the street towards the town hall.

In re­cent years schools, pipe bands, belly-dancers and more have me­an­dered down Mary St and assembled at Nel­son Re­serve where a fam­ily-friendly cel­e­bra­tion was en­joyed by all.

This year’s pa­rade is a chance for schools, clubs, com­mu­nity groups, busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to show­case their es­tab­lish­ments to the peo­ple of Gympie.

To­day’s pa­rade is sched­uled to start at 1.30pm with par­tic­i­pants as­sem­bling in Reef St and Me­mo­rial Park to start from the cor­ner of Mary and Mon­k­land streets on their jour­ney up the street again, for the first time in sev­eral decades (at least since Mary St was made into a one way street).

The pa­rade will then travel up­ward through Mary St, through the Five Ways round­about and con­tinue into Mel­lor Street (fin­ish­ing at Fern St).

Floats will then be parked in the Fern Street Park area for photo op­por­tu­ni­ties and dis­play.

Gympie Re­gional Coun­cil con­firmed yes­ter­day there were no plans to can­cel the event and it will go ahead as planned.

But if that sit­u­a­tion changes, The Gympie Times web­site will have all the lat­est in­for­ma­tion at www.gympi­ or you can check the coun­cil web­site at www.gympie.qld

For the full list of Rush ac­tiv­i­ties, Gympie’s an­nual birth­day cel­e­bra­tion which is set to con­tinue un­til next Sun­day, head to rush­fes­ti­

Photo: David Cross­ley

ON PA­RADE: This Chi­nese Dragon was part of the Gympie Gold Rush Fes­ti­val Pa­rade in 2013. The pa­rade is set to take place to­day from 1.30pm – start­ing at the cor­ner of Mary and Mon­k­land streets, trav­el­ling up Mary St, onto Mel­lor St and fin­ish­ing on Fern St.

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