Moomba: A parade of all nations

Get ready for another abundant program of arts, entertainment, sports and hospitality on the banks of the Yarra River.

Steeped in tradition, the 64-year-old Moomba Festival takes pride in its many long-held traditions such as the Birdman Rally, monarchs and water sports, but nothing is more spectacular than the Moomba Parade.

This year’s dazzling display of floats and costumes will feature more than 2000 people from diverse backgrounds, celebrating Melbourne’s unique multicultural community.

Pat Thomas, President of The Caribbean Association of Victoria, said her group starts working on its Moomba Parade theme and costume designs almost a year in advance.

‘Revellers feel proud and glamorous in their bejewelled, brightly-coloured costumes.’

‘The Moomba Parade is important to us as a platform to showcase one aspect of Caribbean culture to the wider multicultural communities of Victoria,’ Pat said.

‘Carnival is an annual event in most islands of the Caribbean and exported worldwide. Moomba creates an opportunity for the Caribbean diaspora in Victoria to enjoy this aspect of their culture.

‘All revellers feel proud and glamorous in their bejewelled, brightly-coloured costumes, while at the same time experiencing a sense of freedom and joie-de-vivre to dance in the Moomba Parade to the pulsating rhythms of the Caribbean, without any required choreography.’

The group warmly welcomes anyone who is interested in experiencing Caribbean culture to register to join with them in the Moomba Parade.

Vasan Srinivasan from the Shiamak Bollywood Dance School said his group enjoys being able to share its talents and passion with the people of Melbourne through the Moomba Parade.

‘As Indians, we enjoy being able to share our culture with the wider community,’ Vasan said.

‘We enjoy being able to share our culture with the wider community.’

‘The film industry in India has such a large influence on young Indians, both abroad and in India, and Bollywood is one of the most accessible forms of entertainment to people of all backgrounds.

‘There are over 250,000 Indians residing in Melbourne, and we believe it is extremely important to be able to integrate Indian culture with the multicultural Australian lifestyle.’

In preparation for Moomba 2018, the dance troupe has focused on its younger dancers, aiming to bring even more vibrancy and colour to its next performance.

Moomba is Australia’s largest free community festival and is proudly owned and delivered by the City of Melbourne, with a strong focus on accessibility and inclusivity.

Top festival tips

  • More than one million people are expected to visit Moomba over the long weekend. Public transport will be the easiest way to get to the event.
  • Plan ahead to avoid delays by visiting the Public Transport Victoria website or call 1800 800 007. Road closure information is also available on the Moomba website.
  • Be sun smart. Water and sunscreen are available on site.
  • Dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.
  • Remember that only assistive animals are permitted on the festival site.

Must-see Moomba moments

  • 7 to 12 March: Moomba Masters
    Marvel as the world’s top waterskiers and wakeboarders compete for the coveted Moomba Masters title on the Yarra River.
  • 9 to 12 March: Moomba Carnival
    Enjoy rides and entertainment for all ages at the famous Moomba Carnival every day of the festival.
  • 9 to 12 March: Fireworks
    See the sky sparkle with fireworks from anywhere in the festival site every night at 9.30pm.
  • 11 March: Birdman Rally
    Watch courageous competitors with home-made flying machines attempt to ‘fly’ over the Yarra for charity.
  • 12 March: Moomba Parade
    Be dazzled at spectacular floats and performance troupes exuding all the energy and vibrancy of Moomba.
Children and adults on a carnival ride.

The festival offers entertainment for the whole family

For more information, visit Moomba.