As young children we thrilled to the sound of the Scottish bagpipes and the Bands and Drums and marching. As we got older, it was fun to attend the carnival after the parade. The bottom of Moorabool Street was closed off to traffic, and all the rides and carnival games were set up down Moorabool Street, usually between Malop Street and Brougham Street. There were food stalls, show bags and more.
This year the Gala Day parade is being held at night time, with the pre parade start time of 7.00pm. This free family festival is brought to Geelong by Barwon Health Foundation.
The Parade this year is called the Geelong Connected Communties Street Parade and it starts at twilight instead of 11.00am, as it has in previous years.
Gala Day is an annual family event, hosted this year by the Barwon Health Foundation. Gala Day includes a parade of floats and entertainers, with the floats and entertainment moving through the major streets of the Geelong CBD.
The parade can attract up to 20,000 people. Families line the streets to watch the colourful parade as it moves along the streets. Gala Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and money for the Barwon Health Hospital Appeal.
Along with the Pako Festival, Gala Day is a must see event on the Geelong Event Calendar. This year the Gala Day parade starts at 7.30pm on Saturday November 14th, 2015.
When I was little we used to have the day off school and we would go and find a good place to watch the parade, trying to get a good vantage point to watch from.
This year's Gala Day night parade will make its way through streets lit by lanterns. There will be colourful floats, music, sporting heroes, celebrities, Santa and Mrs Claus and even the Minions. As in previous years, nurses will follow the parade route, collecting donations for the hospital (Barwon Health) and their donation tins will be bedpans.
Next year sees 100 years of the Geelong Gala Parade. Gala Day Geelong is one of the oldest parades in the world.
The Gala Day Parade starts at Eastern Gardens from about 7.30pm, and will make its way up Malop Street, then will continue down Moorabool Street, ending at Corio Bay.
The aim of the Gala Day Parade is to thank the community for their ongoing support and to raise funds for the Barwon Health Hospital Appeal. Parade spectators can buy a $2.00 pin wheel to support Barwon Health.
The event is free to attend. Any donations received (via the bed pans or by purchasing the pin wheels) will go towards raising funds for the redevelopment of the Chemotherapy Day Ward and Pharmacy at Barwon Health's Andrew Love Cancer Centre (#ProjectLove).
There will be food stalls at the end of the parade, for people to purchase food. Or you can bring a picnic tea or enjoy a barbecue along the waterfront. There are many places to set up for a picnic or to set up a barbecue meal for your family. Geelong Connected Communities aims to make this night affordable for all people who attend. I hope you can make it to this Parade and that you enjoy yourselves and have a great night watching the 99th Gala Day Parade in Geelong. Remember the aerogard!