Mardi Gras has great vibe
WARWICK Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott looked to the sky with apprehension but was visibly relieved when Mother Nature gave the Rose City a reprieve from forecast showers on Friday night.
Thanks to the favourable weather Warwick's Mardi Gras filled the main street with colour, music, laughter and good vibes.
"I have had so much good feedback on relocating it to the central CBD," Mrs Vellacott said.
"The vibe of the night was brilliant. People seemed to really like having those chairs out the front of the town hall so they could sit back and watch the entertainment.
"I have talked to the stallholders and they said they were all happy with their night."
The Walmsley Brothers, belly dancers and the Killarney School of Dance all put on a show.
There was no shortage of entertainment with carnival games for the little ones and a mechanical bull for those not so keen to try out the real thing.
Mrs Vellacott said she was impressed with the attendance of Rose City residents.
"I would just really like to thank the community as a whole for getting behind us and coming along," she said.
"In terms of tourism, the cafes, petrol places and accommodation have all had a bumper weekend which is great to see them getting that much-needed shot in the arm."
Mrs Vellacott said there were always nerves when organising outdoor events - especially after such a wet year.
"The weather is just evil when it comes to hosting outdoor events and I have had a few events rained out over the last 12 months so it was great to have a win," she said.
Vibrant was the word Mayor Ron Bellingham used to describe the Mardi Gras.