Colour, noise and lots of fun; just another Power FM Begonia Parade?
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 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
Creswick Brass Ban
Creswick and District Motorcycle Club
Eureka Group Fire Brigades
Federation University Australian Pipe Band
Filipino Association Australia Ballarat
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
Jayde Calisthenic Club
Lake Goldsmith Steam Preservation Association
Oak, Smash and Thorn Morris Dancers
Our Lady Help of Christians
Pressure Cheer and 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.