Festival parade links with paper’s 150th
A SPECTACULAR feature of the Rose and Rodeo Festival is the lively Warwick Credit Union Street Parade, which is a major festival drawcard.
In celebration of the Warwick Daily News 150th birthday, this year's parade has taken on a colour theme of "Black and white and read all over".
Warwick Tourism and Events chief executive Tracy Vellacott said that after last year's "Big Hats Brave Hearts" theme, which had participants channelling William Wallace and the movie Brave Heart, the team had to come up with an idea that had multiple opportunities for schools, community groups and businesses as the theme for their entries.
"Everyone knows the old joke about 'what's black and white and read all over?' and we thought we'd borrow it in order to pay homage to a foundation business that has been bringing citizens of our region the news and views for 150 years," Mrs Vellacott said.
"This is quite a milestone for our wider community and the theme will give participants scope to create floats and displays around the colours, newspapers, magazines, reading, of course rodeo or indeed anything that fires up their imagination."
"More than 40 participants generally make up this parade and appear amid a multitude of floats that bring out a kaleidoscope of colours, characters, rhythms, and a host of handsome horses."
Warwick Credit Union Street Parade registrations are now open with forms available from the Visitor Information Centre or contact Warwick Tourism and Events on 4661 9073.