Updated March 13, 2017 16:21:43
Dancing kids, a giant robot and an oversized bowl of spaghetti and meatballs were among the colourful features of this year’s Moomba parade, which attracted tens of thousands of people to Melbourne’s St Kilda Rd.
Marching bands, dancers and cultural groups in traditional dress also starred in the parade, which has been running since 1955.
Celebrity chefs and Moomba monarchs Guy Grossi and Karen Martini said they were “over the moon” to be involved.
“I never thought, walking into my chef’s apprenticeship, I would have been king of Moomba,” Grossi said.
“So a very humbled Melburnian boy.”
Mackenzie Stewart and Hannah Driscoll, from Werribee, said they were excited to watch a friend march.
“I went as a young child, but I don’t remember it so it’s good to come out today,” Ms Stewart said.
Simon Devitt, from Western Australia, said he was also keen to see the Moomba waterskiing event on the Yarra River.
“I’ve never been to one of the parades, but I’ve seen it on TV,” he said.
Police closely monitored crowd behaviour after pepper spray was used, 50 people were arrested and weapons were seized at the Moomba Festival on Saturday,
They said there had been no incidents reported at the parade.
The procession started near the Shrine of Remembrance and ended near the National Gallery of Victoria.
Yesterday, actor Samuel Johnson took out the prize at the Birdman Rally, after casting aside an apparatus made of bras and diving head first into the Yarra.
Topics:arts-and-entertainment, community-and-society, st-kilda-road-melbourne-3004, melbourne-3000, vic
First posted March 13, 2017 15:22:46
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