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Ballarat Begonia Parade has it all in 2019

Colour, noise and lots of fun; just another Power FM Begonia Parade?

You bet.

The parade will take place this Labour Day public holiday as part of the 2019 Ballarat Begonia Festival and will travel along Wendouree Parade between the South Gardens and North Gardens on March 11, beginning at 11 am.

Each year more than 10,000 people watch the growing number of local businesses, schools and community groups who unite to celebrate Ballarat’s diversity and community spirit during the popular Begonia Parade.

More than 40 local groups have signed up to take part in this year’s parade, including:
 Alfredton Primary School
 Ballarat City Brass Band
 Ballarat and District Lions Clubs
 Ballarat and District Suicide Prevention Network
 Ballarat Foundation
 Ballarat Indian Association
 Ballarat Malayalee Association
 Ballarat Memorial Concert Band
 Ballarat Multicultural Council
 Ballarat Regional Indonesian Community
 Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council
 Ballarat Road Rodders
 Ballarat Roller Derby League
 Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club BMX Division
 BLOC Music Theatre
 Central Highlands Men’s Shed
 Chinese Australian Cultural Society of Ballarat
 CocoSounds
 Creswick Brass Ban
 Creswick and District Motorcycle Club
 Eureka Group Fire Brigades
 Federation University Australian Pipe Band
 Filipino Association Australia Ballarat
 Freemasons Victoria
 Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses
 Gum Loong Dragron (Canadian Lead, Mount Blowhard and Sebastopol Primary Schools)
 Get Grubby Groovy Garbage Band/Get Grubby Early Learning Program
 Girl Guides Ballarat
 Guide Dogs Victoria Ballarat Puppy Raisers
 Headspace Ballarat
 Jayde Calisthenic Club
 Kryal Castle
 Lake Goldsmith Steam Preservation Association
 Lana-Rose Fashion
 Mercedes-Benz Ballarat
 Oak, Smash and Thorn Morris Dancers
 Our Lady Help of Christians
 PETstock
 Pressure Cheer and Dance
 Project Dance
 Thai-Australian Association of Ballarat and Central Highlands
 Victorian Goldfields Medieval Faire

One of few community parades still running, the Begonia Parade is iconic and a highlight of the Ballarat Begonia Festival.

The 2019 awards will be presented in the following categories: Mayor’s Choice Award, Best Schools Entry, Best Community Entry, Best Business Entry, Best Musical Entry.

Highlighting a handful of floats today at Durham Point, Deputy Mayor Jim Rinaldi said the number of floats this year was on par with other years.
“There will be lots of fun and new people involved, lots of colour, of course, including the floral tram,” he said.
“We encourage people to come out partake in the activities, which are free.
“The parade is all about diversity and we have many community members, schools and business taking part.”
Over 60,000 people visit the City over the Ballarat Begonia Festival period.