The crowning of the Moomba Monarchs is one of the festival’s most iconic ceremonial traditions

Over the years, the Moomba Monarchs, who reign over the parade, have included the likes of Bert Newton, Dame Edna and Molly Meldrum, as well as sporting and community heroes such as Cathy Freeman, and Stevie and Michelle Payne.

Jane Bunn

With a keen enthusiasm for the weather, meteorologist Jane Bunn brings her specialised reports to Melburnians come rain, hail or shine. Known and loved as Channel 7’s resident weather forecaster, Jane also gives us the low-down on what’s happening around the city as a co-host on The Great Weekend. As well as being a regular on the telly and radio, Jane is a passionate RSPCA and Royal Flying Doctor Service ambassador. Jane also plays an important role in providing weather advice to the Country Fire Authority and farming communities around Victoria.

Archie Thompson

He’s a record-breaking sports legend who’s proudly worn green and gold representing Australia. Archie Thompson’s career has seen him play for the Socceroos where he broke the record for the most goals in an international game and become a superstar player for Melbourne Victory. Archie also knows the importance of talking about mental health and has been an ambassador for Movember. These days you’ll find Archie on FOX SPORTS as an expert commentator and continuing on with his most important role of all – being a Dad to kids Isabella and Axel.

Past Moomba Monarchs

  • 2018 Jimmy Giggle (aka Jimmy Rees) and Chrissie Swan
  • 2017 Guy Grossi and Karen Martini
  • 2016 Michelle and Stevie Payne
  • 2015 Shane Warne and Pallavi Sharda
  • 2014 Bert Newton and Lucy Durack
  • 2013 Community and Emergency Services
  • 2012 Harry Kewell and Natalie Bassingthwaighte
  • 2011 Mick Malthouse and Ruby Rose
  • 2010 Ian 'Molly' Meldrum and Kate Ceberano
  • 1998 Denise Drysdale
  • 1997 Lano and Woodley
  • 1996 Marina Prior
  • 1995 Cathy Freeman
  • 1994 Andrew Gaze
  • 1993 The Oarsome Foursome
  • 1992 Don Dunstan
  • 1991 Tony Shaw
  • 1990 David Hanison
  • 1989 Con the Fruiterer
  • 1988 Jo Pearson
  • 1987 Paul McNamee and Marita Jones
  • 1986 Peter Brock and Ingrid Johansen
  • 1985 Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and Anne Erickson
  • 1984 Kevin Bartlett and Kim Kermonde
  • 1983 Daryl Somers and Linda Knight
  • 1982 Frank Thring & Sharon McKenzie
  • 1981 Lou Richards and Kim Formosa
  • 1980 Paul Cronin and Elizabeth Egan