Weekly Photo Challenge : Forward

Here they come, here they come...

Here they come, here they come…

It is March 2010 and we are setting off on our round Australia trip. The first stop from home was Stanthorpe. The annual apple and grape festival weekend was in full swing.

Then on the Saturday of the big street parade it rained 😦

But did this dampen anyone’s enthusiasm? No way. Out came the raincoats, up went the umbrellas and every one looked forward to the parade.

Redlands Ladies Band

Redlands Ladies Band

The rain wasn't going to stop this parade..,

The rain wasn’t going to stop this parade..,


Striding manfully forward pipes playing, kilts swirling...

Striding manfully forward pipes playing, kilts swirling…

It was also St Patrick's weekend

It was also St Patrick’s weekend


They may need this to get home in...

They may need this to get home in…

These are only a few of the participants in the parade. Every club and sporting body had a float and there were at least 6 bands interspersed between them and marching girls, clowns, dancers and acrobats cavorting to the music. It took almost 30 minutes for the parade to pass by. Fantastic fun.

It was a great weekend and a memorable start to our one year, 37,000 kilometre road trip.

We were also looking forward to this trip of a life-time.




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14 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge : Forward

  1. This makes me think we should go next year.

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  3. I love visiting familiar places with you: they are never in fact familiar. I’ve never been there at festival time: my daughter calls it grapple and rape, to mark a different aspect of the seasonal celebration.


  4. Marvelous fun! Enjoyed those pipers… and chuckled at the boat!


  5. Really fun photos. Especially love the yellow raincoats in the first shot!


  6. I love it when people still enjoy all they have planned for over the past year – even in the rain. Just like you with your “around Australia trip” – it matters not what the weather – you did it anyway!! Good for you!


  7. even with the rain, you have captured some great shots! z


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