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If maroon blood courses through your veins, if the cry of "Queenslander!" sends shivers down your spine, if State of Origin football is the pinnacle of your yearly social calendar, then have we got the event for you. The inaugural Maroon Festival is coming to Brisbane for four fantastic days this May and you can celebrate with other proud Queenslanders everything that's great about my adopted state.
That's right, the Maroon Festival isn't exclusively devoted to Queensland's dominance in the annual State of Origin rugby league series, although there's certainly much to celebrate in the Mighty Maroons' 35 series victories, a win/loss ratio of 20/13 (& 2 drawn series), and their recent record which has seen the Maroons take home the trophy in 10 of the last 11 series (including their record-breaking run of eight series in a row from 2006 to 2013). This is a festival for all Queenslanders, even those (God forbid!) whose hearts don't skip a beat when the Maroons run out on to the field at Suncorp Stadium.
Action-packed doesn't begin to describe the program of events on offer, centred on Brisbane's favourite community space, South Bank's Cultural Forecourt. There will be plenty of food, fitness, football and fun to satisfy fans and tragics, as well as those just looking for a good, family-friendly festival.
South Bank's Cultural Forecourt - the centre of all the fun. Image by writer.
The event kicks off with a huge fan day where you can meet some of your favourite players from footy and a range of sports, take part in footy trivia and listen to panel discussions and talks from former Origin greats such as Wally Lewis and Petero Civoniceva.
The Health and Wellness Green will have cooking demonstrations, food workshops and some special performances for the kids (hint: Peppa Pig may be in the vicinity).
The Fit Fun Zone will have sporting activities for the whole family with a range of sporting celebrities.
The River Parade at 3.30pm will be the culmination of the opening day's celebrations. The 2017 XXXX Queensland 'Mighty' Maroons will sail down Brisbane River, alight at South Bank and then walk the South Bank River Walk to the Cultural Forecourt (actual route still to be announced).