PARADE WINNERS: Warwick Central State School students wave from their Bug Life float as winners of the best float in the Parade.
PARADE WINNERS: Warwick Central State School students wave from their Bug Life float as winners of the best float in the Parade. Paige Ashby

Warwick unites in colourful, fun rodeo parade

CROWDS gathered along the main street of town on Saturday to watch Warwick icons march through the streets for the 45th annual Street Parade.

Palmerin St was the stomping ground for 27 different floats from well known businesses, sporting clubs and schools across town.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Peter Blundell said the day was perfect for the parade.

"The weather is beautiful, the roses are looking fantastic and we've had a good turn-out," he said.

Destination Southern Downs' Mikey Dwan and Cr Blundell were the commentators on the day.

"It was about 10 weeks worth of work to prepare it all," Mr Dwan said.

"We were a little bit down on floats this year than previous years.

"But having the (Australian Professional Rodeo Association) national finals on has put on a bit more pressure." Cr Blundell said rodeo was an important time of year for the town.

"It's all about roses and rodeo and it's very well supported by locals but we get plenty of visitors for rodeo," he said.

The overall winner for the parade was Warwick Central State School with their bright orange tractor and Bug Life float.

Float Winners

  •  School Exhibit: Warwick Central State School
  •  Equestrian: Light Horse
  •  Trade, Commercial, Agricultural: Curves
  •  Best in Theme: Move School of Dance
  •  Club, Sport or other Organisation
  •  Overall Winner: Warwick Central State School


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