Festival parade lights up city
IT IS official - the 2015 Ipswich Festival has been rated the most successful celebration in the event's history.
Record crowds enjoyed the 52 planned events that were part of the month-long celebration.
But the biggest event of the festival was left for last, with more than 10,000 people lining Brisbane St under the stars to see the inaugural Parade of Light.
More than 50 brightly lit floats featured in this year's parade, as well as several giant lanterns, some made by local community groups.
Ipswich Events Corporation executive chairman Paul Casos said he was pleased so many people came out to celebrate everything that makes Ipswich a great place to live.
"What made this year's event different was we were able to learn from our experiences from the past few years and we were able to fine tune our events and home in and capture what the people of Ipswich were looking for," Mr Casos said.
"It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces out there and such an enthusiastic response for our hard-working parade entrants," he said.
"The people of Ipswich embraced the theme and the idea that the parade would be held at night, which was all about celebrating our people and our culture with a colourful lighting display.
"As well as large crowds filling the streets, nearly all of the restaurants were full and the street vendors we got in sold out of food, which is a wonderful thing for our city.
"The number of visitors to the city was overwhelming.
"There was a lot of interest in all of our events, especially Fire on the River, which as an overwhelming success, the Jazz Wine and Blues event and the Sounds of the 60s concert."
Immediately following the Parade of Light, the revving of engines could be heard for the Honk parade.
More than 100 vehicles were on display including veteran, muscle, classic, hot rod and military vehicles, as well as vintage bikes and Morris Minors.
Following the success of this year's event, Mr Casos will now begin planning the 2016 Ipswich Festival.