Warwick’s CBD will come alive during the John Dee Warwick Rodeo Street Parade when floats inspired by this year’s theme, Rose and Rodeo, take to the streets on Saturday 27 October. This year’s parade will entertain the audience with 35 entries including marching bands and floats from local schools and businesses.
Novelty entrants this year include the giant tractor train and a scale model of a Frasers Kenworth truck. Float entries can win $500 cash prizes across four categories including Best in Theme, School Exhibit, Business and Commercial, and Clubs Sport or Other Organisation. The Best Decorated Children’s Bike will also win a $100 prize.
An iconic Warwick event, the annual parade returned in 2017 after a short hiatus and is a long-standing tradition and popular highlight of the Warwick Rodeo and Gold Cup Campdraft. Councillor for Events, Sport and Recreation, Yve Stocks said the Rodeo Street Parade is a wonderful way to embrace community spirit while participating in a vibrant and colourful event. Cr Stocks said it is a valuable opportunity for clubs, schools and community groups to promote themselves. “The Warwick Rodeo is one of the biggest events on the Southern Downs calendar and of course, Australia’s most famous! The street parade is such an iconic part of the Warwick Rodeo and is a vibrant and colourful celebration of community spirit and of everything that’s wonderful about Warwick and our region. So much work, imagination and creativity are put into the floats every year and I can’t wait to see what is inspired by this year’s theme, Rose and Rodeo. A little bit of resourcefulness, imagination, teamwork and enthusiasm are all it takes to create a showstopping float.”
After the parade, Council is keen for the crowd to head into the CBD and experience the best that Warwick has to offer, and the Warwick Potters will also run the Rodeo Markets in Leslie Park.