Be part of the 2020 Grand Parade

Grand Parade 2018

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


It takes place during the opening weekend on Saturday 29 August from 5pm, incorporating a day of free family entertainment along the Esplanade, leading into 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

How to enter a float

To enter a float in the 2020 Grand Parade, simply complete the easy Application form.

View or download the Application

View or download the Parade Rules and Agreement

Next, email your completed application form to the Parade Coordinator, Jan Aird, at

Questions? Contact Jan at or via phone (07) 4032 6656

Applications open until Monday 20 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