Cooly delivers cracker show
RECORD crowds lined the streets of Coolangatta on Saturday to cheer on the cars and dancers in this year’s Cooly Rocks On parade.
Organisers believe the festival, which ran over 11 days from June 3-13, drew in the expected 110,000 people who enjoyed the fun and entertainment of the nostalgia event.
A very happy festival manager Phil Villiers said while final numbers were still to be calculated, he was very pleased with the turn-out.
“We are incredibly happy, the crowds were here, all the indicators are really strong,” Mr Villiers said.
“We probably had record crowds at the parade on Saturday and also a lot more people were in here on Friday too. Businesses are reporting excellent trade.”
The event, the sixth since the previous Wintersun moved south, is expected to pump more than $36 million into the local economy.
By Christopher Reynolds, Tweed Heads
THE noise of the cars didn’t matter
And nobody noticed the clatter
For all were in line
The band playing fine
The Parade of Cars Coolangatta
HERE comes a red car with old Elvis
In gold jacket and chain to remind us
Of guys who looked hot
And wriggled a lot
As they sang gyrating their pelvis
HERE comes a shiny old Cadillac
Long lines with wings on the back
There’s a Falcon GT
And Holdens I see
Lead on a coupe Corvette
HERE comes a tall truck full of dancers
And gals spin round in pink dresses
The guys are in black
Club name on their back
As petticoats swing to impress us
HERE comes a Mustang renowned
For a motor that sings out the sound
Of eight greedy pots
Yelling loud the road’s greyhound
THE floats move on by the J O’K bronze
For the memory of Johnny in Cooly lives on
So rock the clock
But remember to stop
And cheer the parade of icons