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 extended to Sunday 29 July - Please note late applications will not be accepted.