THE popular Banana Festival Parade attracts huge numbers of visitors each year.
THE popular Banana Festival Parade attracts huge numbers of visitors each year. Tweed Daily News

Parade set to light up town

THE annual Tweed Valley Banana Festival parade will have a slightly different route but no less action as it winds through Murwillumbah on Saturday.

The parade will leave Murwillumbah Showgrounds at noon and move through Queensland Road and Main Street to Wollumbin Street to finish at Knox Park.

A free-entry family fun day will be held during the afternoon, with entertainment on two stages, a food area, children's rides and other entertainment.

Bands participating in the parade will perform on the band rotunda stage, while the second stage will have dancing, hoopla circus and samurai displays before the crowning of the Teen Queen and senior and junior princesses and princes take place.

Entertainment is designed for the whole family, from rides for the littlies to a bucking bull for older family members.

The Banana Industry display, with custard and fritters, will be located next to the Red Cross Centre.

The Festival Queen will be announced at the Festival Ball at Murwillumbah Civic Centre on Saturday. The ball starts at 6.30pm, with a spit roast, hoopla circus and dancing to rock and roll band Innocent Bystanders.

Tickets are available at the festival office in the Murwillumbah Post Office building.

Festival attractions this week are the Tweed Valley Woodcrafters display and the Rotary Art Show at Jessie McMillan Hall, art exhibitions at Tweed River Art Gallery and Escape Gallery, and a display at Murwillumbah Museum.

The decorated window and premises competition, with a Wild Wild West theme, will be judged this afternoon.

On Friday from 7pm there will be the Short Film Festival at Murwillumbah Showground.

On Sunday there will be Breakfast in Budd Park from 9am to 10am, followed by the Tweed River Spectacular Aquatic Carnival from 10am to 2pm.

Festival organiser Chris Chrisostomos said yesterday there had been a successful start to the festival, with all events being well attended.

The fashion parade, Alternate Music Festival, church service, netball carnival and Festival of Performing Arts awards night had all been well supported, he said.

“We expect the Rotary Art Show and Woodcrafters will attract a lot of interest, along with CWA and Autumn Club morning tea on Thursday morning.

“In addition, there are golfing, bowling and croquet for sports loving people.”

Mr Chrisostomos praised reigning queen Grace Molloy, saying he had been associated with the festival for many years but had never seen a queen so involved with the festival.

“She is totally committed to the committee, as well as carrying out her duties as queen. Nothing has been a trouble to her in assisting with this year's event,” he said.

For festival queries call (02) 6672 3723 or (02) 6672 6186.

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