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by Sandy Ludinski (subscribe)
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Wheels rule at this West End derby
Preparations for the 7th Annual Kurilpa Derby are well and truly under way and the West End Community Association is ready to host another fabulous afternoon of family fun. Crowds will line both sides of Boundary Street, vying for a good spot to watch the afternoon's activities.

The first item on the program will be the street parade, led by African drumming and percussion group, "Spanking Hide". So what's so special about this parade? Participants are required to "wheel" along the street and their modes of transport are limited only by their imaginations. It's an event for all ages, with littlies on decorated bikes and scooters right through to elderly members of the community in jazzed up wheelchairs or driving decked out mobility scooters.

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Past derbies have seen wheels added to bathtubs, sofas, recliner chairs, a bar, pallets, a drum, and longboards. Prams, scooters, bicycles, skateboards, office chairs, wheelie bins and wheelie walkers all get a make-over for this event.

Th Afro Brazilian Percussion Crew will be bringing up the rear of the procession, with Samba dancers from Rio Rhythmics signaling the end of the street parade.

If you'd like to join the parade, entrants will meet under the Dornoch Terrace bridge at 1.30pm and entry is free.

Following the parade and joining the fun there'll be demonstrations by the Sunstate Roller Girls, Penny Farthings, the Brisbane Skateboarders Association and the Brisbane Hardcourt Bike Polo players.

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There will also be novelty races and one in particular gets the crowd worked up each year. Reportedly the most popular, the "Squid Relay" involves relay team members carrying fresh squid (supplied by George's Seafood). What's all the fuss about? Well, the competitors must carry the squid in their MOUTHS and have to pass that slippery little sucker to the next runner's mouth - no hands can be used! Eeeewww!! To add to the spectacle, black ink oozes from the squid upgrading eewwww to OMG! George's Seafood donates the winner's prize for this very entertaining, yet gruesome event - $200 to spend at the popular seafood shop.

Novelty races will be run for the kids, too, with small prizes for participation being donated from local businesses.

If you'd like to get in on the crazy antics of the novelty races, you will need to register on the day, at the Derby. There's no need to register for the kids' novelty events.

At the peak of the afternoon, organisers expect thousands to line Boundary Street. Event Director, Darren Godwell said, "The whole purpose of this event is to celebrate the quirkiness of West End and the heart of the suburb. It's a time for family, friends and neighbours to enjoy each other's company". Why not put the 7th Annual Kurilpa Derby in your diary and join in the fun and games at this quirky and vibrant celebration?

The Kurilpa Derby is made possible by the support of volunteers, local businesses, the West End Community Association and the Brisbane City Council.

All images in this article have been taken from the Event's Facebook page, with permission of the Event Director.
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Why? Enjoy the community spirit of this quirky Brisbane suburb
When: 1pm - 5pm
Phone: 0409 054 643 (Event Director, Darren Godwell)
Where: Boundary Street, West End
Cost: Free event
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Looks like a really quirky event.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2527 days ago
This looks like so much fun! I'll definitely be there!
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