Different places, different times, different reasons. Parades occur in all forms and sizes, in towns large and small, in Australia. My collection progresses in time through a coastal village, a capital city and a smaller regional city.
I have posted this photo before , from Apollo Bay on the south western coast of Victoria. It is probably the Anzac Day procession in 1917.
Move in place and time to Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Each year they have a Christmas Pageant. These photos from the late 1950s were given to me by a friend as her husband played in the band – the South Australian Railway Institute Band – when marching in the Parade.
I like these photos because there was no need for barricades.
Then there is Bendigo in Central Victoria c 1967 and its marvellous annual Easter Parade
Here are my two little blondies watching the parade and a pipe band passing by. Once again there are no barriers to keep the crowd back. But the main attraction was always the splendid Chinese dragon.
How Bendigo came to be associated with a Chinese dragon is explained in this clip.
And to come right up to date, February 28th, today Geelong had its annual Pako Fest parade , in Pakington St, celebrating culutral diversity. Geelong Mayor’s Facebook page supplied this image.
This is my collection of Parade photos. Other examples of recollections of Parades past and present can be found at Sepia Saturday.