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Yamba festival takes flight with festival parade

Connor Dwyer is guided through the flags at the end of the parade at the Surfing the Coldstream Festival held in Yamba on Saturday afternoon. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner
Connor Dwyer is guided through the flags at the end of the parade at the Surfing the Coldstream Festival held in Yamba on Saturday afternoon. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner EDE

AS the light falls from the sky at this year's Surfing the Coldstream Festival, a parade of winged creatures will take flight in the air above Flinders Park, swaying to the pounding rhythms of South Grafton High's drumming outfit, Dunbe on the main stage.

'Winging It' is this year's theme for the festival parade that historically says goodbye to the day and welcomes in the night and the music still to come - a rare opportunity to see quality performances in such a spectacular outdoor setting right in our backyard.

"The theme is about community resilience and bringing groups together and giving them an opportunity to promote themselves," one of the parade co-ordinators, Kirra Muegge said.

"Communities that work together tend to be more resilient," she said.

Traditional indigenous dancers will lead the parade made up of around fifteen groups, including Dragons Abreast, the Yamba Museum, local flame squad, Spaghetti Circus and Yamba Public School's giant puppets, ending with more thumping beats from the Wooloweyah drummers.

Throughout the day a winged workshop will be happening in the kid's zone area at Flinders Park, preparing costumes for anyone who'd like to join in the parade and the celebration of cultural diversity.

And it's certainly not too late to join the parade as a group or individual - so get creating.

Make sure to keep an ear out for calls to gather at the parade's marshalling area next to the Pacific Hotel, at the top of Flinders Park at around 4.30pm for a 5pm start and if you can lend a hand keeping those flying creatures at bay before the parade, volunteers are welcome


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