What a blast clowning around at harbour festival parade

Gladstone Harbour Festival Rio Tinto Alcan Street Parade, Goondoon Street, Gladstone.
Gladstone Harbour Festival Rio Tinto Alcan Street Parade, Goondoon Street, Gladstone. David Sparkes

I'M having dreams that I'm a clown and it's freaking me out!

On Sunday we had the start of this year's Gladstone Harbour Festival and the traditional Rio Tinto Alcan Street Parade with the theme of 'Circus' to get us in the groove, but it's sort of started something that I can't stop.

Every staff member here at Zinc got dressed up in theme as ring masters, acrobats, entertainers and more, even to the extent of me dressing up in a clown suit for the walk to the marina - but I can tell you now, it has affected me.

On the long walk we had a lot of fun waving to the kids and giving out lollies and high fives to anyone who'd join us, all while wearing the most interesting costume that I've ever come across.

Okay, sure, I wore a dress a couple of years ago, but it had nothing on what I wore on Sunday.

If you missed it, let me paint a picture for you. Red and purple overalls, giant clown shoes, colourful socks, a great fizzy wig, red squeaky nose and my face that looked like a bomb had exploded.

I had the biggest red smiling lips - even Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan would have been proud.

Put it this way. When I went up to kids lining Goondoon Street, sure, I got plenty of high fives, but I scared the living Elmo out of others.

Some cried, others ran to the back of the crowd... and that was just the adults.

I got a lot of laughs from the kids as they couldn't quite understand how silly I looked with a massive smile on my face and nice shiny shoes. Now I know how Campbell Newman feels every day.

All in all we had a blast because we were all dolled up to the nines as we tried to entertain the crowd for the start of this great festival.

I did think about leaving the outfit and the make-up on for my hosting efforts on the main stage, but I decided against it.

Can you imagine me trying to read out the children's names for the Junior Princess, asking them to come on stage, and seeing them run the other way in fear of the weirdo clown on the stage?

Hey, if you've got any photos of me from the parade, please burn them, now!



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