Floats start festival fun with parade



TWENTY-FOUR decorated floats will parade around the streets of Gladstone tonight, as the 43rd annual Gladstone Harbour Festival gets under way.

Gladstone Festivals and Events general manager Judy Whicker said the floats, including those from Central Queensland Ports Authority, Gladstone City Council and various local kindergartens and schools, would begin the procession at Flinders Parade at 5.30pm, before taking in the streets of the Central Business District and finishing up at the Gladstone Marina ferry terminal at 6pm.

'Opening celebrations will begin on stage about 6.30pm with the Elton Joel show, which will see two performers on stage with grand pianos, singing some of the famous songs from Elton John and Billy Joel, followed by the crowning of the 2005 Harbour Festival Queen, Fundraising Queen and the Teen Queen at 9.30pm,' Mrs Whicker said.

She said between 3000 and 4000 people were expected to line the streets for the parade, and it was a great opportunity for families to see what this year's festival was all about.

'There will be loads of stalls this year ? in excess of 40 stalls ? as well as all the rides, and fanfare that we have every year,' she said.



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