Reef Festival parade storms into town
THE Rotary Street Parade has again put plenty of smiles on faces as community groups, schools, businesses and services around the region flaunted their floats through the main street of Airlie Beach.
The theme this year was 'Finding the Reef' with organisers noting that entrants had stepped up their game this year.
Parade co-ordinator Merewyn Wright celebrated her third year on board at this year's Reef Festival and said people put more effort into their floats than she'd seen before.
"I would agree that the entrants have gone to a lot more effort this year. It's good to see," she said.
"We're really excited that the entries are getting better and better."
Although the morning rain affected the number of floats, Ms Wright said it didn't take away from peoples enjoyment of the parade.
"People put in a great effort and put on a great show. It was a fantastic parade and people seemed to enjoy it," she said.
Ms Wright said that she had worked each year with Rotary and Reef Festival organisers to improve the parade.
"We've tried to make the organisation of it better so it runs more smoothly," she said.
"You learn from each one and try and make it better each year.
"It's a great event for the community."
Best business: Plants Whitsunday
Best not-for-profit: Cannonvale State School
Best 'Finding the Reef' theme: PCYC Wild Ones
Most unsual and wacky: Brown Sugar
Special mentions: Sailability
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Whitsunday Christian College