Isaac Elmore, Jacqueline Miners, Emmalie Searle and Henry Dewhirst get into costume for the Ipswich Festival Parade to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ipswich Kindergarten Milford St.
Isaac Elmore, Jacqueline Miners, Emmalie Searle and Henry Dewhirst get into costume for the Ipswich Festival Parade to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Ipswich Kindergarten Milford St.

Kids go retro to rekindle history

CHILDREN from Ipswich Kindergarten Milford St will take Ipswich Festival Parade spectators on a walk down memory lane this Saturday.

About 30 children will don period costumes inspired by fashion trends ranging from the 1930s to the mid-'70s before they march in the parade.

Kindergarten director Vicki Doig said the period costume theme would celebrate the Ipswich Kindergarten's 75th year of operation.

"It will show what children might have worn when they were attending the kindy in earlier years," Ms Doig said.

"We normally wear our kindy T-shirts and have balloons and streamers, so this is a big change."

Friend of the kindergarten and seamstress Erin Cook said she had a lot of sewing left to do before the parade.

"Originally it started with just a few children, and now we're up to 30," Ms Cook said.

"I've got another 10 costumes to sew before the parade, so that's going to be more than one a day!"

Ms Cook said the costumes also incorporated the overall parade theme of recycling.

"The costumes are all made of remnant fabric I've found in second-hand shops, and a lot of the period patterns have been picked up in the Ipswich area. One is even from Cribb and Foote," Ms Cook said.

The Parade theme is Tales of Discarded Treasure.

Dozens of business and community groups will turn out in their best recycled material costumes this Saturday, with giant recycled material puppets and other wonders.

The Ipswich Festival Parade is one of the biggest events on the Ipswich calendar.

FESTIVAL FACTS

Parade will start at 3.30pm sharp this Saturday

It will run down Brisbane St, between Bell St and Waghorn St

Spectators should arrive early to secure the best vantage points

Visit ipswichfestival.com.au for more information



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