Parade still set to go ahead
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.gympietimes.com.au or you can check the council website at www.gympie.qld .gov.au
For the full list of Rush activities, Gympie’s annual birthday celebration which is set to continue until next Sunday, head to rushfestival.com.au
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.