People enjoying various Cairns Festival exhibits and workshops

Join the Grand Parade

2015 Grand Parade

Join the 2016 Grand Parade

The Cairns Festival Grand Parade is one of the region's largest events, with over 20,000 people attending each year.The Grand Parade will be held on the first Saturday of the Cairns Festival, Saturday 27th August and is the perfect chance for community groups, organisations and businesses to get involved with this much loved community event.

It’s free to enter a float and parade participants are in the running to win $10,500.

Cash prizes will be awarded in six categories:

Best Overall Entry $3000
Best School Entry$3000
Cairns Post Best Design Entry$2000
Best Non-Motorised / Pedestrian Entry$1000
Best Solo Entry$500
Cairns Post People’s Choice$1000

In 2016 Cairns Festival is also introducing a series of 4 workshops to help you design an AMAZING float. Workshop details are in the What's On section.


Judges will look at three criteria:


* How well the entry fits with the theme
* Creativity and overall quality of the presentation
* Enthusiasm and spirit of float participants

2015 Grand Parade


The 2016 Grand Parade theme is

'Colours of Us'


2015 Grand Parade

To enter the Cairns Festival 2016 Grand Parade all participants must adhere to the following code of conduct:


Code of Conduct

  • The parade is a festive occasion to celebrate the lifestyle of Cairns and is not to be used to promote any political philosophies.
  • The parade is a fun family event and no discriminating, insulting, offensive or vulgar comments or displays may be presented. Entrants that give offence will not be accepted and risk expulsion from future parades.
  • Cairns Festival reserves the right not to accept any presentations that could be damaging to the spirit of the parade.

Grand Parade entries have now closed.