Mayor’s carols scrapped, big change to parade
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IPSWICH’S Christmas parade will be removed from the CBD and held in Queens Park as part of a new line-up of festive celebrations.
More than 20 community-run carols events will be held across the city this year instead of the Mayor’s Christmas Carols celebration.
Ipswich City Council has also revealed the much-loved Twilight Christmas Parade will not be held in the city’s CBD, but will instead wind its way around Queens Park on December 14.
The Nerima Gardens will become the centrepiece of the celebrations when it is transformed into a free, 12day Christmas Wonderland between December 13-24.
Interim administrator Greg Chemello was excited about this year’s line-up.
“There really is something for everyone, whether it be a local community carols event, Christmas lights or the city’s first Christmas Wonderland in the Japanese-themed Nerima Gardens,” he said.
Mr Chemello said the expanded festive season celebrations would cost less than last year’s spend for ratepayers. – Hayden Johnson
Carmel Bogdan – “Well, we don’t have a mayor right now so why continue the Mayor’s Chrismas Carols anyway. Give them a new name. Simples.”
Tempest Force – “This is disappointing. Change the name, don’t scrap an annual holiday event. What’s next? Look out Jazz and Wine festival. Disappointing Ipswich City Council.
“I don’t think my bub will enjoy this nearly as much.”
Jasmin Michiels – “Well, contrary to that opinion, I’m actually looking forward to this and I think my kids are going to love it.”
Kerri Horler – “Let’s be happy that Christmas is still being celebrated. A Christmas wonderland sounds amazing and using the gardens a brilliant idea. Also a parade through the park will be different.
“A change is as good as a holiday, right?
“There’s always a positive in every negative, you just have to look for it.”
John Kochman – “As long as you can access the park, it’s wonderful.
“Let’s not forget the parade going through the CBD gave passing trade to local businesses. Not really seeing the positives in it.”
Michelle Harle – “Perhaps more fitting for this event name since it’s Christmas time would be to call it ‘A Bush Christmas’, like the poem and also utilise the Queens Park ‘Bush Chapel’, giving many areas of the park a highlight for visitors to visit to spread out the attractions without one area being congested.”
Robert Spark – “Good to see the administration doing their job and accounting for every dollar spent.”
Gail Williams – “In this heat? Just more bad decisions, ask your community what they want first.”
SOMETHING DIFFERENT: The QT Christmas Twilight Parade in the Ipswich CBD last year.