The Town Crier and the rodeo Queen’s and Princesses lead a past parade through Warwick.
The Town Crier and the rodeo Queen’s and Princesses lead a past parade through Warwick. Erin Smith

Street parade carries spirit of Rose and Rodeo Festival

A SPECTACULAR feature of the Rose and Rodeo Festival is the lively Warwick Credit Union Street Parade.

It is also a major festival drawcard for local residents. .

To celebrate the 150th birthday of the Warwick Daily News, this year's parade has taken on a colour theme, "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, when participants channelled William Wallace and the movie Brave Heart, organisers had to find an idea that offered multiple opportunities for schools, community groups and businesses to theme 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," she 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 take part in this parade with a multitude of characters, music, colourful floats and always some handsome horses.

"It's brilliant that schools, organisations and hobby and service groups in our community use the parade as a platform to showcase themselves and the diversity and excellence of this region," Mrs Vellacott said.

"We are also very lucky to have long-term sponsors like the Warwick Credit Union throw their support behind the parade with some impressive trophies and cash on offer for the winners."

Mrs Vellacott urged the community to come along and cheer on parade participants.

The parade starts at noon on Saturday, with good vantage points all along the Palmerin St route. 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 for more information.



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