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The Grand Parade, the perfect night out for families. 

Get ready for a weekend of excitement and celebration as the first weekend of Cairns Festival kicks off in grand style with the dazzling Grand Parade! On Saturday 26 August, at 5.30 pm, the Esplanade will come alive with a colourful procession of floats, costumes, and performers from local sporting groups, schools, and community organisations. This vibrant showcase of Cairns’ diversity and unity is a true reflection of the city’s heart and soul. 

Participants are invited to bring their creativity and showcase what makes them special – be it their culture, traditions, language, or community spirit. The Grand Parade is a fantastic opportunity to express the vibrant and integral part each group plays in making Cairns the unique and beautiful tropical city it is. 

Then head to the Esplanade Main Stage to see an electrifying lineup of talented musicians, each bringing their unique sounds and styles to the stage. Among the lineup are the soulful and dynamic Miss Tee, whose powerful vocals and captivating stage presence leave audiences mesmerised. Abi Muir, a rising star in the music scene, enchants with her soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics that resonate with listeners.

As the parade winds its way down the Esplanade, the entire city will be enchanted by the stunning displays and performances. Families can watch in awe as their children’s eyes light up with excitement, witnessing the magic of this lively event. With captivating floats and dazzling costumes, the Grand Parade promises to be a spectacle that will leave everyone in awe. 

Lady Valiant brings a fusion of indie and folk elements, weaving poignant storytelling into her music, while Hylidae takes audiences on a sonic journey with their genre-blending electronic beats and ethereal vocals.

Phat Love‘s high-energy performances and infectious grooves get everyone on their feet, dancing the night away. And as the headline act, Electrik Lemonade sets the stage ablaze with their funky and energetic tunes, leaving no doubt that this musical extravaganza will be an unforgettable highlight of the Cairns Festival. Get ready to groove and be inspired by the incredible talents of these musicians as they create an unforgettable musical experience for all festival-goers. 

As the evening unfolds, don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display at 7:30 pm, lighting up the night sky and adding an extra touch of magic to the celebration. The Grand Parade is a true community event, attracting thousands of visitors and locals alike, and it is a testament to the vibrant traditions and warm hospitality of Tropical North Queensland. 

So, mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and be a part of the Cairns Festival’s Grand Parade. Let’s come together, celebrate our diversity, and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. The Grand Parade is just the beginning of a weekend filled with joy, unity, and the spirit of Cairns shining brightly!