Floats return in Hervey Bay Ocean Festival revamp
On Saturday August 20 of this year, Hervey Bay’s annual Illumination Parade will return to its original format with floats being celebrated along the Esplanade.
Starting from Frank Street and ending at Seafront Oval registrations are now open for the parade to community groups, schools, businesses and individuals. Strict guidelines remain in place for the safety and welfare of both participants and spectators.
Andrew Dower, Event Development and Team Coordinator for Invest Fraser Coast said the change had been made in consultation with the Fraser Coast community.
“Whilst the walking parade was well received, over a period of months we have been consulting with stakeholders, and bringing back the float parade was clearly a popular option.
“We have already had great feedback with schools, community groups and businesses jumping on board,” said Mr Dower.
Shane Altmann, Principal of St James Lutheran College said the students were looking forward to participating in the event.
“We already have a huge interest in classes wanting to participate in the parade in August. The teachers and students love the festival – it is a fantastic topic, learning about humpback whales and why they call Hervey Bay home,” said Mr Altmann.
Brian Taylor from the Hervey Bay Historical Village said they would be entering their antique fire engine into the parade as well as the 1942 Blitz Army Truck.
“Our vintage vehicles were a big part of the street parade in the past, so we are looking forward to showcasing them again this year. It is sad that our 1934 Ford V8 truck was damaged in the fire last December, but give us time and she will be back in the Parade again,” said Mr Taylor.
The event will form part of the newly announced Hervey Bay Ocean Festival program which will be run over nine days in August. Other festival highlights include the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival, Blessing of the Fleet and Paddle Out for Whales, as well as workshops, movie screenings and other activities schools and community groups can get involved with.
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