Miss Kiss me Kate, Miss Cherry Bomb and Miss Polly Rocket enjoy the Cooly Rocks On street parade.
Miss Kiss me Kate, Miss Cherry Bomb and Miss Polly Rocket enjoy the Cooly Rocks On street parade. SCOTT POWICK

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.

Coolangatta Cars

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

Thundering hot

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



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