Moomba Parade

Monday 13 March, 10.45am

Since 1955, the Moomba Parade has captured the hearts and imaginations of Melburnians, encapsulating the vitality and energy of the beloved festival. Starting near the Shrine of Remembrance and finishing near Linlithgow Avenue, a lively procession of community designed floats, performance troupes and diverse community groups bring a flurry of colour and movement to Melbourne’s St Kilda Road. This year, the parade will feature the designs of seven children who took part in last year’s Design a Float workshop.

The parade will be officially opened with a Welcome to Country address by the Wurundjeri Tribe.


Moomba Parade Exhibition and Design Workshop

Head to Southgate in the lead up to Moomba to discover the parade’s history, see the 2017 float designs and have a go at designing your own before the festival!
Open daily from 11am to 6pm, located on the middle level at Southgate Melbourne.

2017 Float Designers

Image of Adelaide’s ‘Spaghetti


Adelaide’s ‘Spaghetti on a Float’ is a tribute to everyone’s favourite Italian dish. With its ‘little pepper men’ and cheese hats we thought it had all the right ingredients to be included in the 2017 Moomba Parade. The 11-year-old was over the moon when she found out her design was chosen and she cannot wait to see it coming down St Kilda Road.


When it comes to Moomba Alara knows her stuff! She’s been to the festival so many times she’s lost count. Alara loves a party, especially birthday and disco parties, and ‘Love Boat’ represents all of the things she loves most about them – being happy and having fun. “I want everyone around the entire world to be happy,” says the six-year-old.


Ari is super, SUPER excited to be part of Moomba. His design, ‘Family Train Choo Choo’, celebrates diverse families. “There are families with grandparents, superheros and even robots,” says four-year-old Ari about his design, which inspired a very special 2017 Parade addition. Last year was his first time at Moomba. He loved all of it and cannot wait to be back.


Kobi thought his mum was pulling his leg when she told him his work had been selected for the Parade. Melbourne’s flourishing bat population was the inspiration behind his design but the nine-year-old isn’t spooked by them – he’s sure they are all friendly. Kobi is itching to see ‘Batty the Fruit Bat’ brought to life at Moomba.


Loretta’s ‘Chicken’ is a nod to the Year of the Rooster, which just so happens to be this year. The 11-year-old thinks it’s important that we appreciate them and all that they offer. Loretta has been to Moomba eight or nine times and her favourite thing is watching the Parade. She’s also excited to go on some of the carnival rides.


Millicent is passionate about protecting whales. The six-year-old worries that these magnificent sea creatures may soon become extinct. So she thought what better way to promote their cause than designing a ‘Care for the Ocean’ Moomba float! As well as seeing the Parade, Millicent is keen on checking out the Birdman Rally.


Wilfred was shaking with excitement when his dad told him ‘Robot Invasion’ was going to be in the Moomba Parade. The six-year-old loves robots and jumped at the opportunity to create his very-own one for Moomba. Wilfred is looking forward to watching all of the hilarious Birdmen antics and, of course, seeing his robot in the Parade.

Design your own float

Fancy yourself a designer? Visit the Design a Float workshop space at Palm Lawn during the festival or share your ideas online. We’ll be selecting some of our favourite designs to feature in next year’s Moomba Parade!