Geelong gala parade celebrates centenary

October 18, 2016 by  

This year will mark the 100th celebration of the Geelong Gala Parade. Many old favourites will be present, along with some new floats and performers.

The theme this year will appropriately be the centenary of the Parade, focusing on the ‘Past, Present and Future’.

A street party on Malop Street will precede the start of the Parade. Alfresco areas will be set up, along with entertainment and activities including Christmas entertainment. Activities will include face painting, gingerbread man making, and pinwheel making. Pinwheels are a tradition of the Parade and will be available for sale at various spots during the procession, with the proceeds going to Barwon Health. Following the Parade, Geelong’s floating Christmas tree will be on display at the Waterfront.

Geelong Gala Day is presented annually by the Barwon Health Foundation and there are expected to be in excess of 20,000 people in attendance. Along with children’s movie characters, brass bands, clowns, and vintage cars, floats will include the presence of sporting identities and celebrities, and local community and business groups also enter their own creations. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be present.

Banner printing and signs are likely to be seen for the Geelong Gala Parade, which will be held on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 pm on Malop and Moorabool Streets, following the Street Party from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Entry is free and open to all ages.