Entries open for 2017 Bendigo Easter Festival Gala Parade

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With Easter approaching the Hazeldene’s Bendigo Easter Festival is encouraging local businesses, organisations, community and school groups to enter the 2017 Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade and the Torchlight Lantern Procession.

The Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade will take place at 1pm on Sunday April 16 while the Torchlight Lantern Procession will take place at 8pm on Saturday April 15.

City of Greater Bendigo Major Events Manager Terry Karamaloudis said applications for this year’s parades are now open and will close on Friday March 24, 2017.

“The parades are key events of the annual Hazeldene’s Bendigo Easter Festival and a great way to be seen by tens of thousands of people who line the parade route,” Mr Karamaloudis said.

“The gala parade has a broad focus with local groups and organisations and marching bands, artists and entertainers and the Bendigo Chinese Association entry featuring Sun Loong, lion dancers, performers and crackers is a major component of the parade.

“The Torchlight Lantern Procession features entries from fire brigade and emergency services, amazing lanterns and lit entries and a Chinese component. 

“Our aim this year is to ensure we have a good mix of bands, floats, schools, businesses and community organisations involved.”

Parade entries can be submitted online at www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au by Friday March 24, 2017.

Further information is available by phoning the Major Events Unit on 54346000.


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