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19 April 2010

Ipswich hits the streets in annual parade

QT

THOUSANDS lined Ipswich streets on Saturday to take in the colour  and spectacle of the Festival Parade.

Fantastic floats and a huge crowd produced an
amazing Festival Parade on Saturday.


THOUSANDS lined Ipswich streets on Saturday to take in the colour and spectacle of the Festival Parade.

Ipswich Events Corporation chairman Paul Casos said given that the city was in the midst of celebrating its 150th anniversary, many of the parade floats creatively interpreted the city's history, with horse-drawn wagons, vintage cars and a whole array of colourful characters.

An estimated 5000 people thronged Brisbane and Bell streets, cheering with gusto as the colourful floats wound their way up the streets.

"The crowds were the largest we have ever seen," Mr Casos said.

The horse-drawn Queensland Times entry won the prize for the best business float, while the Ipswich Library won the best community float and the ever-popular Ipswich West Special entry once again named the grand champion.

Ipswich West Special School Principal Neil Larter said given that a school had been at the same Ipswich West site since 1861, the school had chosen to reinterpret mid-1800 school days.

"We try to make it a fun experience for the kids," Mr Larter said.

"Our kids probably won't have many opportunities to be stars.

"They won't be the sports stars or academic stars.

"We see this as a positive opportunity to help them develop self-confidence."

Proud mum Kelly Robbins watched on as her seven-year-old twin daughters Brooke and Taylor waved to the crowds aboard the Goodna Scouts float.

"They had their birthday party today and than came here. They love it, waving to everyone," she said.

"It is just so exciting for them."

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