The large crowd turned out on Jacaranda Thursday at Market Square last year to see the annual Jacaranda shop dress up.
The large crowd turned out on Jacaranda Thursday at Market Square last year to see the annual Jacaranda shop dress up. Adam Hourigan

Time for a Jacaranda party

WACKY wigs and celebrity impressions, dance spectaculars, outrageous outfits and small market stalls.

Yes - Jacaranda Thursday is here again.

Grafton's CBD will explode into life with a colourful burst as residents, business owners and visitors come together to celebrate the flowering of the jacaranda trees and join in a variety of planned activities, including the traditional free breakfast at Market Square at 6am and the popular Jacaranda Talent Quest from 10am-noon at the same location.

And if the weather remains glorious, Jacaranda Festival co-ordinator Maggie Barnewell predicts a large turnout for one of Grafton's favourite days.

"Jacaranda Thursday is a wonderful opportunity for people to come together as a community," she said.

"Today is definitely a day of celebration in Grafton.

"It's a very special time for the town and I hope everyone enjoys the festivities."

One of the signature trademarks of Jacaranda Thursday is the creative themes adopted by local businesses as party fever begins to take hold.

Previous themes have included Bollywood, Grease Monkeys and The Wiggles.

"It's great to see the ideas shopfronts come up with on the day," Maggie said.

A full schedule of Jacaranda Thursday festivities can be viewed online at Jacaranda Festival.



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