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Moomba Parade 2010

Celebrity Chefs

The rain stopped and the sun was out for this years Moomba parade. After the ferocious weather Melbourne has been experiencing, a sunny day for even only an hour was  a treat for all. Crowds were consistent to previous years, perhaps a little less with the unpredictable weather. I always tell myself to view the festival from the west side of Swanston street and always forget. If you are viewing the festival, Collins and Swanston St, on the western side seems to be the prime position.

This year, they simplified the line up, with an emphasis on themes: arts, sports, food.  Celebrities were abound with celebrity chefs Guy Grossi and Shane Delia. Hosting duties were up to Coxy,  Rebecca Madden & Matthew Richardson.  At one point, they left the microphone near Richo on and you could hear the experienced presenters giving Richo a few pointers.  Another pleasant surprise was seeing Lou Richards.  Not a bad parade and the weather held out until about 20 minutes after the parade finished.

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The King and Queen of Moomba Presenters at Moomba The Art Centre Float Moomba Lou Richards Turks

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Moomba Parade 2009: The Next Generation

Moomba 079 I’m a sucker for parades. I’m not sure why, perhaps as a child I was deprived of parades. Who knows?

This year’s parade was being billed as more classy and modern than previous years. Seemed very similar to previous years and I reckon none of them were as good as 2002′s Moomba Parade which involved actual trams being decorated in various designs. Still, I think this year entertained sheerly for the amount of random groups.

OK, you have the various schools, makes sense. Dance companies, sure why not. Various cultural groups (Turks, Chinese), still good.  Then came religious groups, Hare Krishnas followed by Buddhists. OK,  random but sure why not. Then came the Austrek Star Trek Fans group consisting of 6 or so of the nerdiest trekkies dressed in uniforms.  What the? Although to be fair, each of them wore a uniform consisting of a different series/rank. At that point, I think everyone concluded that any group can be accepted into the parade.

After that, two groups called the 501st Legion and Star Walking Inc. followed and everyone bowed down to Lord Vader. If you didn’t the army of storm troopers following him would make you. Alright, maybe not but very entertaining. How bout Aussie bloggers for next year’s parade? I do admit I’d love to dress up in a Star Trek uniform. Other highlights were the natural bodybuilders and  Melbourne Taxi Drivers. The taxi drivers were a bit odd  and perhaps they needed some taxi props. Star Wars people had a sword fight, bodybuilders flexed, the taxi drivers sort of jived around.

I don’t see any instuctions on the thatsmelbourne site for how to enter parade but I’ll definitely have to remind myself next year to look it up. What would a group of Melbourne bloggers do though? Play with our keyboards?

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Moomba Waterfest 2009

moombaaniMoomba, a festival for no reason other than having a festival. No ethnic reason, no holiday, just a bunch of fun things to do and according to thatsmelbourne.com.au, it’s Australia’s largest free festival.

I see that Augie March, with the recent hit song “One Crowded Hour” is playing on Friday, The Galvatrons (“When we were Kids”) on Saturday, and a few other local bands over the long weekend. There’s of course, the waterskiing and wakeboarding which always seems to amaze me at how they are able to go into the Yarra river and live to tell the story. Ratatouille is playing on Saturday night at the Starlight Cinema. The Birdman Rally on Sunday is always good for a laugh and on Monday the Moomba parade.  From Saturday to Monday night there will be fireworks on the Yarra. All for free.

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Moomba Waterfest

March 6-9, Areas around the Yarra River

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Moomba Waterfest 2008

waterfest_logo_trans.gifThe Moomba Festival is possibly my favourite major event in this half of the year. Parades, a carnival, a fireshow and massive crowds make their way around the Yarra River for a weekend of colour and sound. And it all begins today.

Here’s the (condensed) line-up:

Waterfest Fireshow
Saturday, 8 March – Monday, 10 March
9.30pm every night

Moomba Parade
Monday, 10 March from 11am to noon
Along Swanston Street from Little Bourke Street to Princess Bridge, ending in the St Kilda Road.

Moomba@Docklands
Sunday, 9 March 2008 from noon to 5pm
Waterfront City and Victoria Harbour

Waterfest Carnival
Friday, 7 March from 4pm to 11pm
Saturday, 8 March from 11am to 11pm
Sunday, 9 March from 11am to 11pm
Monday, 10 March from 11am to 9pm
Birrarung Marr & Alexandra Gardens

Moomba Masters Waterskiing
Friday, 7 March from 8am – 9pm
Saturday, 8 March from 8am to 8:30pm
Sunday, 9 March from 11am to 8:30pm
Monday, 10 March from 7:30am to 8:30pm
Yarra River

Starlight Cinema
Happy Feet (G): Friday, 7 March at 8.30pm
Night at the Museum (PG): Saturday, 8 March at 8.30pm
Yarra Bank, Birrarung Marr

There is a huge list of other stuff going on – it is not even convenient to have everything listed here. Have a look at the That’s Melbourne Moomba Waterfest 2008 site for the calendar of events.

More information about the history of the Moomba Waterfest can be found in the City of Melbourne – Moomba Waterfest page.
If you are the type who turns to Wikipedia for all of Life’s Questions, you can find the Moomba article here.

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