Festival street parade needs support



ONE of Gladstone's longest-standing traditions may be lost if it doesn't gain support from the public.

A last-ditch effort is being made to revive Gladstone's Easter Street Parade after a decline in interest in the long-standing Gladstone Harbour Festival event.

Gladstone Festivals and Events general manager Judy Whicker said the long-standing Harbour Festival tradition would be restructured in an attempt to keep it alive.

'Over the past five or six years we have seen a dramatic decrease in the number and quality of floats entering the parade,' Mrs Whicker said.

She said the parade would not be held in future years if it was not supported this year.

'It's a real shame because the Street Parade has been a part of festival for a long time and people are still turning up to watch it, but they are going home disappointed,' Mrs Whicker said.

Mrs Whicker said this year's parade would be a Twilight Street Parade' held on Easter Monday to help attract more entrants.

It will also follow a new route, starting on Flinders Parade before moving through the city centre and finally finishing at the Marina Ferry Terminal.

Mrs Whicker said the Street Parade would 'kick start' the opening night of festival celebrations.

'When the parade reaches the Marina, the Rock Building Society's Opening Night Celebrations will begin,' she said.

'I think our new approach has real potential. We have never had a twilight parade before. It's fresh, it's new and I think the community will really get behind it.'

Nominations are being taken for the parade in a number of different categories with more than $3000 in prize money up for grabs. Nominations can be made by phoning 4972 5111.



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