Australia Moomba parade 2018: Colourful costumes and floats on show for parade's 64th year

12:35  12 march  2018
12:35  12 march  2018 Source:   ABC News

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Thousands of people turned out for Melbourne's much-loved Moomba parade, which saw six wacky and wonderful floats weave their way through the Kings Domain parkland.

The parade, now in its 64th year, also featured dance performances, cultural activities and activities for children.

Jimmy "Giggle" Rees, from the ABC's children's program Giggle and Hoot, and TV personality Chrissie Swan were this year's Moomba monarchs.

Organisers said 2,000 people were participating in the parade, including school groups, dance groups and emergency services.

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The iconic Moomba Parade showcases our vibrant multicultural community. Moomba : A parade of all nations. This year ’ s dazzling display of floats and costumes will feature more than 2000 people from diverse backgrounds, celebrating Melbourne’ s unique multicultural community.

Dancing kids, a giant robot and an oversized bowl of spaghetti and meatballs are among the colourful features of this year ' s Moomba parade , which attracts tens of thousands of Melburnians and visitors.

"Melburnians … just love [Moomba] — whether they've grown up with it, whether it's a new thing for them to experience. It really just represents the diversity of Melbourne," Rees said.

"We don't often get out of the studio, so this is one of the times to get out there and give back to the fans."

All six floats in the parade were designed by children.

The parade route changed this year, starting near the Shrine or Remembrance and travelling through Kings Domain before finishing at Linlithgow Avenue, near the Queen Victoria Gardens.

Moomba queen Chrissie Swan said the parade brought back nostalgic memories.

"Everyone laments the loss of the good old days. Moomba is the good old days that we're still able to enjoy in 2018," she said.

"It's old fashioned and [there's] so much free stuff going on."

A number of other events were scheduled across the city for the third and final day of the Moomba festival.

The festival will wrap up on Monday night after a fireworks display.

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