Festival of Flags

The 2016 Grand Parade will be celebrated by a Parade of Flags.

From our Border Post column by President Greg Thouard:

What a colourful Grand Parade it will be at the 2016 Apple & Grape Harvest Festival when the 50th anniversary of this great event is celebrated.  The management committee has decided that the anniversary be celebrated by a Parade of Flags. 

In support of the Parade of Flags, Festival President Greg Thouard commented that there are greater numbers participating in the parade on foot rather than on floats.  “It’s great so many people want to be part of the parade but for 2016 we would like to see every person in the parade on foot carry a flag and for every float that enters it fly many flags.  What a sight it will be to see this parade of flags pass by.  I saw it once at a parade where 200 marching teenagers representing an Irish club were waving simple flags made from green cloth  -  a simple idea but spectacular”.

An attraction to the concept of a flag parade is that the flags do not have to be professionally made or purchased.  The committee is hopeful that sewing groups, P&C’s, industry, business, clubs or organisations will support the idea and start making flags from remnants of materials that are not costly.  The flag idea is to create colour and carnival atmosphere, not cost.  Flags can range from hand-held for littlies and any height up to 3 metres tall for older and stronger folk.   “School colours, club colours, national colours, cultural colours, 50th anniversary colours, any colour, with or without logos that adds to the fun and celebration of a great carnival are very welcome.  Not welcome will be anything that is politically, racially or sexually insensitive. 

A special invitation is extended to all of the international workers who will be in the Granite Belt in March 2016 to be part of the parade by bringing their own national costume or flags of their country.  To help out, local groups might be able to help stitch flags of national colours to provide to these backpackers.

Information about parade float rules will appear in a future Festival column.  For general parade information contact Bill Brown grandparades@appleandgrape.org ph 0409 143 628 and international groups wishing to be part of the parade of flags please contact Morwenna Harslett ph 0419 909 446 or morwenna.harslett@gmail.com