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Festival Parade of Light to float along Brisbane Street

Road Closures – finish times are approximate

6am to 3pm
Darling Street Parking Bay closure
Residents will be granted access to their properties within the affected road closure areas and periods.

8am to 10pm
Ellenborough between Bremer and Brisbane – Full Road Closure

3pm to 10pm
Darling Street – Full Road Closure

3pm to 10pm
West between Darling and Martin Street – Full Road Closure
Residents will be granted access to their properties within the affected road closure areas and periods.

4pm to 8pm
Brisbane Street from Burnett to Bell Street – Full Road Closure.

4pm to 8pm
Waghorn from Limestone to Brisbane Street – Full Road Closure

4pm to 8pm
Ellenborough Street from Limestone to Brisbane Street – Full Road Closure

4pm to 8pm
West Street – Top of Town Brisbane Street – Full Road Closure

5pm to 7.30pm
Bell Street – Full Closure

5pm to 7.30pm
Bremer Street from Elizabeth to Mansfield Place – West Direction Closure

Ipswich loves a parade and the Festival Parade of Light will not disappoint.

A vibrant array of giant lanterns, floats, bands and roving entertainers will make their way along Brisbane Street from Waghorn to Bell streets on Saturday, 13 April at 6pm. 

Ipswich Libraries always outdo themselves by combining with the community to create a showstopper. 

This year is no exception. 

The theme this year is “Our Backyard”.

A series of workshops for children and adults to make the costume wings, masks and egg lanterns to wear have been running across Ipswich libraries and will continue to run until Thursday.

Ipswich Libraries’ public program team leader Rosalie Stafford said she was very impressed by the library members’ contributions through the workshops.

“This year we’ve embraced the Ipswich Festival Parade of Light ‘Our Backyard’ theme by focusing on backyard birds,” Ms Stafford said.

“Chickens, roosters, magpies and lorikeets are all frequent visitors to our backyard and there are loads of children and adult books that feature our feathery friends.

“We are also including technology in our entry this year to demonstrate our role as an incubator of innovation and ideas. So keep an eye out for a familiar funky chicken.”

Library staff were eggs-cited to create something eggs-traordinary. 

Read also: Giant letters grab school students’ imaginations

 

There will be free drop-in nest building workshops held each day this week until Thursday. A giant nest is currently being built at Ipswich Central Library by local artist Kate den Otter.

Community members are welcome to swoop in to the library to help build the nests and while they’re in can always peck up a good book.

All participants are encouraged to walk with Library staff in the parade to strut their stuff and show off their wings and feathers.

To register your interest click here.

Ipswich Festival

From 11 April to 14 April, the Ipswich Festival is bringing back all the favourites such as Festival Parade of Light, Honk! and Fire On The River. In addition there are free music and theatre performances for kids, youth and adults. Don’t miss the huge line up of activities and entertainment across the festival weekend.

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