Your chance to be a star

May 27, 2016

The 2016 Bingara Orange festival will be held on Saturday 2nd July with the theme ‘Bingara Orange Festival Goes Greek’ in celebration of the contribution Greek immigrants made to Australia, and the lasting legacy they left in Bingara through the Roxy Theatre, which turned 80 this year.

“The street parade is always a highlight of the festival and we hope to make it bigger and better each year. To do this we need as many floats as possible to enter and we encourage all community groups to participate; it is also a great way for groups to promote their organisation” said Catherine Egan, Chair of the Bingara Special Events Committee.

The theme of the parade is ‘Silver Screen’ in celebration of the Roxy’s 80th birthday, and groups are encouraged to design parade entries that reflect that theme.

Consider Marilyn Monroe look-alikes, Godzilla, Dorothy and Toto from Wizard of Oz, cowboys from the old John Wayne movies or Disney characters like Donald Duck, Ana and Elsa from Frozen, or any of the Disney princesses.

Due to insurance restrictions, unlike in past years, entry participants will not be allowed to ride on the backs of moving vehicles such as flat-bed trailers.

“Unfortunately this is a condition of the parade that is being dictated by Council’s insurer, and to do so would render the CTP Green slip for the driver void. This limitation does restrict the types of floats that can be entered, but it is in place to ensure the safety of all participants.

We cannot have anything untoward happen; we are a small community and we want to keep everyone safe” said Georgia Standerwick, Economic Development Officer for Gwydir Shire Council.

“Larger places such as Sydney and Tamworth have sufficient funds to pay exorbitant insurance premiums to cover the cost of this activity, but we don’t have that luxury.

Although at first glance this may seem like it takes the fun out of the parade, we are encouraging participants to think outside of the box.

Displays on trucks, costumes, puppets or decorated vehicles are just some of the ways groups can add colour and movement to their entry.

“There are some fantastic examples of ‘Silver Screen’ themed floats on our ‘Bingara Gem of the Gwydir’ Facebook page that are not on backs of trucks to help people get inspired” said Georgia.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade can contact the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on 6724 0066, email gstanderwick@ gwydir.nsw.gov.au