Join the Grand Parade

Be part of the 2018 Grand Parade


The 2018 Grand Parade and Fireworks will be held on Saturday 25 August from 5pm.

The theme for the 2018 Grand Parade is Kaleidoscope.

Cairns is home to a vivid range of colours that reflect our beautiful tropical environment and interweave to create a rich blend of cultures; a kaleidoscope of ever-evolving patterns unique to our region. Using colour, patterns, light, sound and movement we’d love to see you join our kaleidoscopic parade.

Please join using the form below or download the e-form ( PDF, 0.43 MB ) and email to or post to:

Jan Aird
Cairns Festival 
PO Box 359
Cairns QLD 4870


The Grand Parade is the perfect opportunity for community groups, schools, clubs, organisations, individuals and businesses to get involved with this much loved community event. It is FREE to enter and all registered floats are in the running to win the following prizes -

First Prize       $3,000
Second Prize  $2,000
Third Prize      $1,000
2 x encouragement awards valued at $500 each.

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

A new sustainability prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the best ‘ECO-float’. Judges will look for floats that incorporate one of more of the following:

*Use of natural or recycled materials
*Low or zero emissions transport
*Sustainable living solutions
*Environmental conservation initiatives

Applications close Sunday 22 July - Please note late applications will not be accepted.


Please ensure you complete all compulsory sections of the registration form otherwise it will not submit. If you have any problems submitting your application please download the form HERE ( PDF, 0.43 MB )and email to

Please note semi-trailers are strictly prohibited. If any groups have a semi-trailer on Grand Parade day they will not be allowed to participate in the parade.

* Fields are compulsory, other fields are optional.

(business hours)

(name of contact person on parade day)

(mobile phone number for parade day)

The 2018 Grand Parade is asking that each motorised float provides a minimum of one guide to lead your entry along the Parade route.

Please provide contact details for the float guide.

(eg. "large decorated truck with giant paper flowers and fairy lights with a group of 30 costumed flower dancers walking behind.")
Will your float have lights
Will your float have a fuel powered generator
Will your float play pre-recorded music

(please name the major artists)
Will your float be playing live music

(what instruments & style of music will you be playing)
Will you be distributing anything?
A copy of this material will need to be sent to the Parade Coordinator for approval before the parade. NB: Lollies are not permitted.
Will your float have a voice over message(s)
(voice over or messages running through a sound system)

(the content of the voice over or message)

(how does your float fit in with this theme)

(Please provide any other information that can help us understand your float and present it in the best position within the parade. eg. "lots of young children involved, is it possible to be placed earlier in the parade")

(upload a drawing or photo of how your float will look)