Ipswich lights up for our big parade

THOUSANDS flocked to the launch of Christmas in the Ipswich CBD, with the star attraction definitely the Christmas Parade of Lights.

Blazing with colour, 16 floats, more than 30 motorcycles and 15 classic and vintage vehicles escorted Santa and his sleigh on the back of the famous Sapar Landscaping Supplies Kenworth.

Organisers said the decision to reintroduce the Parade of Lights was justified when the largest crowd ever seen at a Christmas launch was spellbound by the parade.

It was followed by the Turning on of the Lights by Mayor Paul Pisasale and Santa, signifying the official launch of Christmas.

Ipswich Events Corporation chairman Paul Casos said this year's Christmas Fiesta celebrations had something for everyone.

Mr Casos said the Christmas parade could not have happened without the support of all the community groups that participated.

"We wish to thank the schools, kindergartens, scouts, local car and motorcycle clubs, the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band and Redland Plains State High School Band who performed exceptionally, and of course the many community groups and services who came out in force to help us celebrate," Mr Casos said.

The Star is Born singing competition attracted the usual great talent, with Paris Morgan winning the junior section and Tammy Mathieson the senior section.

Both will now perform at the Mayor's Carols by Candlelight this Saturday at North Ipswich Reserve, sharing the stage with David Campbell and Marina Prior.

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