Carnival Parade To Provide A Story Book Of Colour

Now in its 64th year, the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade will once again wend its way through the heart of Toowoomba’s CBD to Queens Park on Saturday, September 21.

The Parade starts at the new time of 3pm and the theme is “A Storybook of Colour”.

Toowoomba Regional Council Tourism and Events Chair, Cr Geoff McDonald, said 37 incredible floats will take to the streets this year, with each one telling a fascinating and unique story that could win you a share in $5000 worth of prizes. “Each float will have a number to identify it, so Parade-goers are being asked to write down the ‘theme’ of each individual float (next to the corresponding number on their official entry form),” Cr McDonald said.

“Then all they have to do is submit their entry at any of the public address points along the Parade route.

A firm family favourite, the Grand Central Floral Parade promises to deliver a spectacular line-up of fresh floral floats, street performers, carnival characters, stilt walkers, walking groups and live bands all led by the Grand Central float carrying this year’s celebrity Grand Marshall – Alex the Lion from Madagascar!

Cr McDonald said even the smallest of crowd members can make their artistic mark on the Parade route (before it starts) with free pavement chalk distributed by volunteers. “This much-loved event attracts many tens of thousands of people annually, so remember to arrive early in order to secure the best spot and your complimentary parade cheering stick.

“And don’t forget that 3pm starting time.”

Carnival floats arriving at Godsall Street Oval
Carnival floats arriving at Godsall Street Oval

The fun continues at the Godsall Street Oval at the conculsion of the Parade, with floats on display for a closer viewing and entrants selling the potted colour, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables straight off their floats.

For more information on all Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers events, please go to www.tcof.com.au or call the team on 131 872.

Submitted by:
Madeleine Tiller
Online Communities Officer
Toowoomba Regional Council

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