Lasting for a full ten days, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers was established to celebrate everything that's wonderful about spring in this part of South-East Queensland, from seasonal flowers and food to local wine, as well as the entertainment and community spirit which are central to the life and culture of the "Garden City".
100.000 People In 2013, the Carnival of Flowers is expected to attract around 100 thousand people to Toowoomba, while 87 000 visitors are expected to be staying on average two nights.
This is fantastic news for the Carnival and for the local tourist industry, attesting to the popularity of this event, which is set to generate some $30 million for the town's economy.
The Parade The Carnival of Flowers in Toowoomba will open with the annual Grand Central Floral Parade. The parade gets bigger and better every year, attracting huge numbers of spectators, who come from across the globe to enjoy the display and to sample the best of local flowers, food, art and culture. Based on the theme "A Story Book of Colour", the 2013 event looks to be no exception.
This year, the Grand Central Floral Parade will take place on Saturday 21st September this year, starting at 3pm.
Promising some incredible interpretations of the vibrant theme, it's bound to impress. If you stand in one spot to watch the floats go by, it'll take a whole hour for the entire parade to pass by – that's sixty whole minutes of fascinating floats and incredible costumes.
You don't just have to stand and watch either as this exciting, interactive parade encourages spectators to participate. Brightly coloured chalk will be handed out by the event's supervisors on the day, so you can get creative, putting your own designs on the pavements around the city.
Carnival of Flowers History For more than sixty years, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has been a cultural institution in this part of Queensland. Some locals have been actively involved in the Toowoomba Carnival for many years, and their contributions and participation have become a staple part of this popular event.
Local couple Ida & Glen Kendrick open their garden every year, and it has become a favourite with visitors to the Carnival. Every year, the Kendrick's grow about 8000 flowering annuals which light up their garden with a wash of vibrant colour.
The couple estimate that in 2012 over 20, 000 people visited their garden to explore this fabulous space and look at all the myriad flowers which they grew at home. Ida and Graham's garden is expected to attract a similarly large crowd once again in 2013, and their stunning garden is definitely worth a visit if you're in Toowoomba for the festival this year.
Not Just Flowers
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers isn't just for horticultural enthusiasts either: celebrating the best of local produce and culture, there's something for everyone in this springtime celebration.
There are always some special and surprising inclusions to the Grand Central Parade; this year, the Dr Who Club of Australia will be entering a Tardis float, to celebrate fifty years of Dr Who – definitely not to be missed.
Don't Miss It
In addition to the parade and the annual Chronicle Garden Competition, the Carnival also packs in an exciting programme of interactive workshops, food and drink festivals, and entertainment such as music and dance for people of all ages.
Hits at the 2012 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers included the Twilight Tours in Laurel Bank park and the 1950s/60s themed StreetFest, which closed the event. So, if you're in the Brisbane area or are planning on making a trip to this part of Queensland, don't miss out on the Carnival of Flowers, taking place in the city of Toowoomba from 20th – 29th September 2013.
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