Be part of the 2019 Grand Parade


Grand Parade 2018

The Grand Parade is one of Cairns’ most loved community events and a highlight of the Cairns Festival.


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED THIS YEAR.

GRAND PARADE APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED!

It takes place during the opening weekend on Saturday 24 August from 5pm, incorporating a day of free family entertainment along the Esplanade, leading in to the Grand Parade and culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the opening weekend of the festival.

The Grand Parade celebrates our unique cultural identity and showcases our region’s distinctive tropical lifestyle and character. It celebrates who we are, where we come from and where we are going and provides the opportunity to embrace our reputation as a vibrant and creative city, generating community pride.

We’d like you to create a float around what Cairns means to you

It’s FREE to enter and parade participants are in the running to win:

First Prize: $3,000
Second Prize: $2,000
Third Prize: $1,000
Best Eco-float: $1,000
Encouragement Awards 3 x $500 each


How to enter a float

To enter a float in the 2019 Grand Parade, simply complete the easy Application form.

View or download the Application form here

Next, email your completed application form to the Parade Coordinator, Jan Aird, at festival@cairns.qld.gov.au

Questions? Contact Jan at festival@cairns.qld.gov.au or via phone (07) 4032 6656

Applications open until Sunday 21 July - Please note late applications will not be accepted.

Let’s celebrate us, you, me and how much we love our city!

Grand Parade 2018