Cyril Coombes leads the start of the 2013 Jacaranda Float Procession in Prince St, Grafton. Photos: JoJo Newby
Cyril Coombes leads the start of the 2013 Jacaranda Float Procession in Prince St, Grafton. Photos: JoJo Newby

Parade of colour was magnificent

MANY of the Jacaranda trees may have been past their purple peak, but the celebrations carried on well into the weekend.

Grafton's CBD was awash with a riot of colour and sound on Saturday afternoon for the annual float procession in Prince St.

About 60 vehicles decorated in various themes paraded through the city, carrying a multitude of costumed characters admired by a huge crowd of onlookers.

The overall grand champion trophy was awarded to Merrick McCallum's Drum School which showcased a semi-trailer load of drummers keeping the beat for the full length of the parade.

Jacaranda Festival committee member Gail Harding, who has been actively involved with the event for 24 years, said it was the biggest crowd she had seen.

"Down at the clocktower they were 15 deep," she said.

"The festival has been really well supported this year by the community especially after the cut to the public holiday.

"Times are tough for local businesses but they still reached into their pockets to support it.

"I think it's fantastic and it really shows the strength of the festival and how it is really important to the people of Grafton.

"I love the spirit of Grafton and how we all come together, pitch in and help."

After the float procession, hundreds of families gathered in Market Square to enjoy free live entertainment and a picnic in the park.



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