Don’t miss the iconic Moomba Parade at 10.45am on Monday 9 March. Featuring larger-than-life floats, dance troupes, community groups and more.
Witness the Moomba magic
Since 1955, big and little kids have witnessed a flurry of Moomba magic as the Parade sweeps through the city bringing colour, dance, movement and music to each and every spectator. Capturing our hearts, and inspiring our imaginations, see larger-than-life floats designed by the winners of last year's Design a Float competition (read about them below!), dance troups, community groups and performers as they take us on a magical journey.
The parade officially opens with a Welcome to Country address by the Wurundjeri Tribe with the route beginning at Birdwood Avenue then weaving through the picturesque Kings Domain parkland before finishing up on Linlithgow Avenue near Queen Victoria Gardens.
Erica is a Moomba veteran – she’s been going ever since she was 3 years old. Back then, her favourite thing to do was get her face painted and munch on an icy pole. Now that she’s a big kid the rides, games and Birdman are what she loves the most. Her float inspiration came from everyone’s favourite snack – popcorn! Erica can’t wait to see her float at the parade and might even eat some popcorn while she’s at it.
Esther is a crafty kid – she's got a real knack for sewing, making animal costumes and of course, drawing. When she found out her float design 'Monster DJ Party' made the cut for the Moomba Parade she was speechless. Her inspiration came from her friend Gabby whose dream is to be a DJ and as everyone knows, funny and colourful monsters are always a crowd favourite at Moomba.
When this tiny tot was drawing her Moomba float design she didn't hold back. No coloured pencil was left behind, she used them all! The result was startling – a green crocodile, a multi-coloured bird, an out-of-this-world jellyfish thingy and the star of the show – herself. When she's not dabbling in drawing, the six year old loves footy and basketball and her favourite subject is reading.
This future palaeontologist is bringing the Mosasaurus to the Moomba parade for the first time in history. The deep-sea dinosaur is Joseph's favourite under-water creature so naturally it was the inspiration behind his float. It was a big day for this young gun when his design was chosen, so much so that he almost cried tears of joy.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Millie's hot air balloon float! The 11 year old designer has been to the Moomba Festival a grand total of five times. Her favourite thing? The parade, so of course she's over the moon to be amongst all the action, colour and fun taking part with her cooler than cool float design.
Rainbow Island Float
Drumroll please…make way for the ‘Rainbow Island Float’! With inspiration and ideas from a talented crew of arty kids, this float features a pinker than pink flamingo and a tonne of colour. A big shout out to these young designers and our friends at the Royal Children’s Hospital Art Therapy Program and the Children’s Cancer Foundation.
Seabil has been waiting for this moment ever since she was 5 years old. Every year she would enter the Design a Float competition hoping that her creation would be picked, and finally her dream came true! The 11 year old's creation is all about bubbles and was inspired by the time she got to roll around in a giant plastic bubble.
Sunday loves reading so much that when it came to designing her Moomba float she created a giant story book featuring everyone's her favouite fairy tale characters. When she's not buried in deep in a story, the 12 year old is a bit of a sports fan and spends her time playing netball, touch rugby or splashing about in the pool.
Design your own float
See your drawing transform into a real life float! Let your imagination run wild in our Design a Float competition and it could end up being in the Moomba Parade 2021. Head to the Design a Float tent at Moomba or start designing now.
- — Ati-Atihan Fillipino Group
- — Ambulance Victoria
- — BAM Arts Inc
- — Caulfield Grammar School
- — Confident Kids Performing Arts School
- — Country Fire Authority (CFA)
- — Fiesta Y Color
- — Indonesian Community
- — Indonesian Diaspora Network Victoria Inc
- — Isolation Performing Arts Studio
- — Janagarjana Dance and Music
- — Japan Club
- — Johnny Young Talent School
- — Jungle City
- — L2R Dance
- — Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company
- — Macedonian Artistic Cultural Association
- — Maltese Community Council of Victoria
- — Melbourne Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA)
- — Melbourne Latin Festival
- — Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB)
- — Papua New Guinea Association
- — Regal Phoenix
- — Russian Ethnic Representative Council
- — SHIAMAK
- — ShowBiz Performing Arts Studios
- — Spirit of Pasefika
- — STARZ Performing Arts
- — Step In Time
- — Street Dance Studios
- — Studio D
- — Thai Community
- — The Dance Room
- — The Federation of Chinese Associations Vic
- — Toepaz Dance Studio
- — Trivical Performance Academy
- — Victoria Police
- — Victoria Police Pipe Band
- — Vietnamese Community In Australia - Vic Chapter
- — Werribee Concert Band