Street alive for Bundy in Bloom
BRILLIANT, clear blue skies helped brings thousands to line the streets at the annual Bundy in Bloom street parade down Bourbong Street yesterday morning.
Organisations from across the Bundaberg region have spent the past few weeks working to create more than 50 floats which took part in the parade.
Eight-year-old Chelsea Andrewartha, who was taking in the parade with her sister Brooke, 4, and their parents quickly developed a love of parades.
“I like that we got things,” she said.
“The lollies and the flowers were my favourite.”
The parade marked the official start of Bundy in Bloom, which celebrates the start of spring and new growth in the region.
Seven winners were announced in different categories including the Bundaberg and District Australian Filipino Association for best open floral float, Alloway State School for best school float and Kalkie State School Drum Band for best marching band.
Among the floats were those containing 12 contestants vying for junior princess, senior princess and queen of the parade.
Chloe Agius on the North Bundaberg Lions Club float was named junior princess while Kristie-Lee Maddern on the Lions Club of Bundaberg Hinkler float took out senior princess and Jade Paige on the Flowery the Turtle float was crowned the queen.
The parade was a joint effort by the combined Lions clubs of Bundaberg.
Bundaberg Regional councillor Lynne Forgan said the parade's turn out was excellent.
“We've got more floats than last year and a lot of businesses are involved which is fantastic to see,” she said.
After the parade, the crowds were entertained by a number of bands and performers.
“We've chosen local talent to provide entertainment to showcase who is out there locally,” she said.
Free rides were also provided on the corner of Bourbong and Tantitha streets.
Among the favourites were the merry-go-round and the blow-up slide.
Bundy in Bloom celebrations will continue with the judging of gardens starting from today.
Other Bundy in Bloom events include the Bundaberg Art Society Open Day on September 18 and 25, the annual Zonta Garden Party on September 19 and the Teddy Bear's Picnic on September 24.
For more information on Bundy in Bloom visit www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au.