A Carnivale Parade bolts onto BAMOASD

johnboy 28 December 2011 2

Joy Burch has announced another addition to Beer And Meat On A Stick Days (aka the National Multicultural Festival):

“Flamboyant costumes, pulsating rhythms and amazing dancing have long been hallmarks of the National Multicultural Festival and this year’s event is going to take that to the next level with the inaugural street parade,” Ms Burch said.

The parade is being organised by leading Latin dancing school Kokoloco which is looking for over 60 participants of all ages to join them. Volunteers need no experience and will be taught everything they need to know by Kokoloco teachers.

“The street parade takes place on day two of the festival, Saturday 11 February, which really will see the City transform itself into carnival mode. It will go through the middle footprint from Akuna Street, and finish up at the main stage in Garema Place.

“Immediately following the parade, Carnival in the City kicks off led by music from the acclaimed Salsa Kingz. For more than five hours festivalgoers will be treated to some of the best Latin American dancing in Australia.”

The blockbuster opening night concert is headlined by pop star Anthony Callea and also featuring leading Aboriginal band Coloured Stone, international youth choir Hong Kong Melody Makers and Australia’s own ‘Italian Son of Song’, Alfredo Malabello.

One supposes that without these “improvements” festival administrators children would go hungry.

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2 Responses to A Carnivale Parade bolts onto BAMOASD
taninaus taninaus 4:35 pm 28 Dec 11

The Street parade had a glorious death for very good reason – it is very old hat unless you are going to do it right like Maceys or Myer Melbourne christmas parades.

Waiting For Godot Waiting For Godot 2:53 pm 28 Dec 11

A street parade “something new”? Oh no, it’s not. The Canberra Festival had a parade thru Civic for many years which featured local community groups, schools and unions.

One of the highlights one year was when the ANU Forestry School float was placed behind The Wilderness Society. I can still remember the Forestry guy with a chainsaw going up to the person wearing the tree costume and pretending to cut the tree down. The luvvies got into a lather about that with a few letters appearing in the local rag.

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