YUILLE Park Community College is among over 45 entries for the traditional Begonia Festival Parade this year. The college has had a strong presence in the Parade for several years, with students and staff wowing Festival goers with their past creative efforts and winning the coveted Mayor’s Choice in 2015.This year the school promises they have another stellar float to impress and help make the Parade colourful and fun. The Ballarat Begonia Festival Parade is one of the oldest in Australia and has been a tradition since the Festival started in 1953.
It will be held on the third and final day of the Festival, Monday 14 March. Power FM is sponsoring the Begonia Parade again this year and will broadcast live from the event. Local businesses, schools and community groups are busy preparing their floats and displays for the Parade which always attracts a large crowd of onlookers.
The fun kicks off at 11am when the Power FM Begonia Parade travels along Wendouree Parade, between the Tramway Museum and the North Gardens.
Awards will be presented in the following categories: the Mayor’s Choice, Best Schools Entry, Best Community Entry, Best Business Entry and Best Musical Entry.
Yuille Park Community College woodwork teacher, Cameron Ross, said this year’s float would include a ‘Crabaphone’ –a piece of sculpture that celebrates imagination, day dreaming and fun.
“I wanted kids to enjoy music coming from this gramophone section and I wanted it interactive so the children operate it,” he said.
“It’s quite mechanical and fun to play with and took about 6 months to make. “This will sit on top of the float, which is being built by children at another campus, so there has been a lot of collaboration between children.” The college won last year’s Mayor Award and is keen to replicate that win. City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Des Hudson added Yuille Park Community College continues to set the bar in terms of creativity and getting on board with the Begonia Festival. “Here we have a mixture of prehistoric cubby house, plus also the chimney, but by the time this is sitting on the trailer with the wheels attached and music and the energy of the kids this will be a fantastic float,” Cr Hudson said.
“Revisiting the Begonia parade years ago there were so many businesses that had the big long floats, transport trailers that were decked out the music, the begonias.
“We get great response from schools and it would be just great to see the business community come on board and showcase their business and how creative they can be.”