Monday 12 March,
Since 1955, the Moomba Parade has captured the hearts and imaginations of Melburnians, bringing to life the vitality and energy of the beloved festival. As well as the larger-than-life floats, which were designed by six children who took part in last year’s Design a Float workshop (read about them below!), the parade features performance troupes and community groups, and will be officially opened with a Welcome to Country address by the Wurundjeri Tribe.
The new Moomba Parade route will begin at Birdwood Avenue then weave through the picturesque Kings Domain parkland and conclude on Linlithgow Avenue near Queen Victoria Gardens.
2018 Float Designers
Alana loves to twist and twirl and groove to the beat which is why her float, ‘Jewellery Box’ is a tribute to all things dance. She’s no stranger to the Moomba Parade and has even taken part with her dancing school, Studio D. ‘Dancing always makes me feel happy so I wanted to have a float that should make everyone feel the same way I do,’ says this multi-talented twelve-year-old.
When Izzy found out that she was going to be a part of Moomba she was so happy she cried tears of joy! Her house is full of feathery, scaly and furry friends – she’s got a pug called Marmalade, three chickens, four kookaburras and fifteen fish. Being an animal lover, her float ‘Perfect Peacock’ takes inspiration from one of the most magical and colourful creatures of them all.
Every kid loves candy right?! Lia’s design ‘Sugar Rush’ is one of the sweetest we’ve ever seen, we’re almost tempted to take a bite! Lia loves the rides at Moomba and this year, she can’t wait to see her float in action. Her favourite subject is maths and she spends her free time making art.
Imagine if aliens took over Earth?! Mitch’s extra-terrestrial themed float ‘Even Aliens Need a Day Off’ aims to teach us that we need to take time out and enjoy life, even if we’ve travelled a million light years to get to our destination! Being a creative kid, his favourite subject is art. He also likes to hit the slopes for a spot of skiing.
Five-year-old Shrey loves to check out real building sites and play with his toy crane at home. His design ‘Construction Site’ features a bulldozer, a crane and larger-than-life workers. Shrey has been to Moomba a bunch of times and LOVES the Parade, not to mention the yummy food!
Viktor was stumped for float design ideas but he followed his heart and used his wild imagination to come up with ‘Vikstar Dragon.’ When he found out his float will be the Parade he was lost for words! This will be the thirteen-year-old’s seventh trip to Moomba. His favourite part of the festival is checking out the skate park competitions.
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!
- ACE Dance Studio
- Ambulance Victoria
- Backstage Dance Academy
- Blandthorn Performing Academy
- Caribbean Association of Victoria
- Chinese Dragon
- Dancesport Australia
- Dance Studio Academy of Performing Arts
- Darebin Brass Band
- Fiesta Y Color
- Glamour Puss Studios
- Janagarjana Dhol Pathak
- Japan Club of Victoria
- Lehenda Ukrainian Dance Company
- Lyons Highland Dance Studio
- Macedonian Community
- Melbourne Latin Festival
- Metropolitan Fire Brigade
- Omeda Inc. Belly Dancers
- Papua New Guinea Australia Association
- Regal Phoenix
- ShowBiz Performing Arts Studios
- The Spirit of Pasifika
- Step in Time Studio of Dance
- Studio D
- TDC The Dance Company
- Thai Community
- The Federation of Chinese Associations Vic
- Trivical Performance Academy
- Vietnamese Community in Australia – Vic Chapter
- Werribee Concert Band