Daredevil entertainer the Space Cowboy will juggle and swallow swords at Carnival Capers.
Daredevil entertainer the Space Cowboy will juggle and swallow swords at Carnival Capers. Contributed

Festival finishes with a big bang

FAMILIES can enjoy a full day of free entertainment in the Ipswich CBD tomorrow.

The Ipswich Festival will culminate in more than nine hours of non-stop entertainment, beginning with Carnival Capers in the Ipswich City Mall, which will be followed by the Festival Parade and Street Party.

Carnival Capers will ease families into a fun party mood from midday, as buskers compete for attention by performing daredevil stunts and slapstick comedy.

Attendees can enjoy three hours of carnival-themed entertainment, and can vote for their favourite busker to see them win a prize.

The Carnival Capers chaos will ease at 3pm, shortly before Brisbane St fills with floats and giant puppets for the Festival Parade at 3.30pm.

The parade is the Ipswich Festival's traditional family favourite and will this year take on the theme of Tales of Discarded Treasure.

Community groups and local organisations will use recycled materials to decorate their floats and craft mascots and costumes.

Ipswich Events Corporation chairman Paul Casos said the parade would be as stunning as ever.

"The ICON Ipswich and Suncorp Bank Street Parade will wind its way through city streets with giant trash puppets, traditional marching bands and instruments crafted from recycled materials," Mr Casos said.

"We are expecting some mythical dragons, brightly coloured costumes and oversized masks, all made from recycled materials.

"Strong support from community groups, local businesses and sponsors has already guaranteed the parade is back in a big way this year."

Mr Casos encouraged attendees to arrive early to find the best vantage point.

He said the parade would start in Waghorn St and move down Brisbane St before concluding in Bell St.

Mr Casos said families with energy left to burn could enjoy a massive outdoor party in the Top of Town from 5.30pm.



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