Join the Grand Parade

Grand Parade 2018

Be part of the 2019 Grand Parade

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

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


If you would like to enter a float in the 2019 Grand Parade, please contact Parade Coordinator Jan Aird on 4032 6656 or

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