PARADE: Cannonvale children in last year’s parade. Photo: Andrew Pattinson
PARADE: Cannonvale children in last year’s parade. Photo: Andrew Pattinson

Street parade to hit our town

THE time has come to start thinking about your float for the Reef Festival's Rotary Street Parade.

With some serious cash prizes on offer, it's a great excuse to dress up, have some fun with friends and colleagues, and promote your business, school or community group at the same time.

The Rotary Street Parade is one of the most popular events of the Whitsunday Reef Festival, which runs from Friday, August 5, to Sunday, August 14.

The parade will be held on Saturday, August 6, at 4pm along the main street of Airlie Beach.

This gives entrants a month to create or build their floats, which can be anything at all as long as it suits this year's Reef Festival theme of Finding the Reef.

Last year, Sailability Whitsunday won the Best Themed Float category, while Mama Africa Bar and Nightclub won the Best Business category.

Cannonvale State School was judged Best Not-for-Profit and Fun Rentals took out the gong for the Most Unusual and Wacky float.

Each winner won $250.

Parade organiser and Rotary Club of Airlie Beach secretary Merewyn Wright said "the world is your oyster when it comes to dressing up your float".

"Entrants are encouraged to get as creative as they like with their entry, which can be a 'walking' entry or a float - or a combination of the two," she said.

"We're looking for lots of creativity and smiling faces to bring our main street alive, so think colourful coral, tropical fish and marine life, and the Great Barrier Reef."

The closing date for entries is Monday, August 1, and entrants are notified before the parade of their position and start time.

There is a charge of $20 per business (except festival sponsors) and not-for-profit groups and schools can enter free.

To be sent the guidelines and entry forms, email Merewyn Wright at merryjay17@bigpond.com.

For more information about the Whitsunday Reef Festival, visit the website www.whitsundayreeffestival.com.au or follow the festival on Facebook.


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