Getting Together For The Moomba Festival

02:32' 20-02-2018
Melbournes annual Moomba Festival has been held every year since 1955 over the Labour Day long weekend in March. Moomba, from an Aboriginal word meaning “lets get together and have fun”, is a special time for Melburnians and visitors to join together for a long weekend of fun.

    Kết quả hình ảnh cho Moomba FestivalPhoto: tickets.csp.unilodge.com.au

    From Friday 9 March onwards, there is a rich program of activities and events on the banks of the Yarra River, in the parklands of Birrarung Marr on the north bank (near Fed Square) and Alexandra Gardens on the south bank.

    Carnival

    From 6pm Friday throughout the weekend there are children's rides, music and craft workshops, and entertainments large and small. Family films are shown on the Big Screen at 6.30 pm each evening. Music is performed on the Star Lawn nightly, or you can enjoy a variety of dance acts on the Palm Lawn.

    Spectacular firework displays light up the sky every night at 9.30pm.

    King and Queen

    A month before the festival, the Moomba King and Queen are crowned. They are usually celebrities, sporting figures or community heroes.

    This year's Moomba Monarchs are two popular Melbourne TV and radio stars, Jimmy Giggle and Chrissie Swan.

    Jimmy Giggle, with his sidekick Hoot the Owl, have been entertaining children,and their parents on ABC TV since 2009 with their adventures. Chrissie Swan joins many Melbourne families every morning, co-hosting breakfast radio on NOVA100.

    Birdman Rally

    Moomba features many sporting and stunt competitions on water, BMX and skateboard. The most unusual is the charity fundraising battle, the Birdman Rally, held on Sunday from 11.30 am. Birdman participants launch themselves from the Yarra bank, using their own homemade wings, in an attempt to fly across the river. No flight has ever succeeded, but they provide plenty of amusement to onlookers.

    Moomba Parade

    The final main event of the festival is the Moomba Parade, beginning at 10.45am on Monday 12 March. The parade features performers, community groups, and “floats”, which are cars or trucks decorated with special themes, designed by a group of young children.

    This year the Moomba Parade route begins at Birdwood Avenue, weaves through the Kings Domain parkland, and finishes on Linlithgow Avenue near Queen Victoria Gardens.

    The full program, maps and useful information is at moomba.melbourne.vic.gov.au/program.  

    Span Hanna

     

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