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The late and much lamented Chincogan Fiesta is to make a welcome return to Mullumbimby this September – or at least one of its most memorable components: the parade.

Organisers of the third annual Living Earth Festival are expanding on the September 1 event to include a colourful parade.

Retitled the Living Community Parade, it will wind its way through the streets to the Mullumbimby Gardens from 10am on the first day of spring.

Onsite will be the now familiar lineup of activities and events, including: workshops on innovative, sustainable technologies; food growing, preparing and sharing; experts such as Costa Georgidis and Jerry Colby-Williams in forums and demonstrations; special workshops for kids, local crafts, circus, performance and more.

Parade co-ordinator Jeanette Martin invites community groups, schools, businesses and individual creative citizens to participate in the parade by creating any and all kinds of motorised or human-powered floats with music, dance, performance, costumes, banners and imaginative activities to electrify and unify our community.

‘We expect that the actual parade will journey from start to finish for about 45 minutes, and each participant will be offered a free position in our Living Community Village at the festival,’ she said.

If you’re interested in joining the parade, email Jeanette at [email protected], or phone or 0412 322 255. You’ll also find information, entry forms and sponsorship details on the website: www.mullumbimbycommunitygarden.org.

All proceeds will be used to build a community kitchen and forward the Sustainable Education Centre at the Mullumbimby Community Garden.


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