Maldon’s Easter Parade

Yesterday, Easter Monday, I weathered a chilly autumn morning to attend Maldon’s Easter Parade, one of the highlights of Maldon’s Easter Fair which claims to be Australia’s oldest continuous easter fair.

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People gazing down the main street waiting to catch a glimpse of the horsewoman holding the Australian flag. She is at the head of the parade.

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And here she comes………

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…… followed by Maldon’s brass band.

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Different modes of transport were a big feature of the parade. Historic, vintage, veteran, classic – something to please everyone……

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…………horse power……….

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………….donkey power…………

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……… pedal power ……..

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………. and vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

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The stirring sounds of a pipe band tap into some ancestral memory of mine. I find them irresistible.

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Country parades are a perfect showcase for local clubs and organisations. The dogs in the crowd barked their appreciation and support as the local dog walking club passed by.

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The cactus warriors were out in force. They are dedicated to the elimination of the wheel cactus, a serious environmental weed in the district.

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The local primary school and ……….

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…….. the Central Victorian Lion Team provided some multicultural sound and colour.

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Local volunteer emergency services came up in the rear of the parade – The Country Fire Authority and …….

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……. The State Emergency Service.

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This is my longest post to date and I hope readers who have reached this far have enjoyed the experience. If you go to the link, https://www.facebook.com/maldoneasterfair you can watch an interview with Lilian Long whose family have participated in the parade for 139 years. Lilian’s great, great grandfather was the founder of the parade.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Responses

  1. Good to see it going so strong! My siblings were in the parade in the sixties, I’m not sure what year. I’m also delighted to see a group there dedicated to eradicating the wretched cactus plague.:)

    • Thank you. I am sure the parade has evolved over the years. I was surprised how many people arrived to view the parade so it is clearly very popular for visitors and locals alike.

      As for the wheel cactus, without volunteers and government departments working together, it will never be controlled.

  2. Well, what a wealth of colour and history, thanks very much for posting it. You had a very good viewpoint too.

    • Thank you, Susan. Photographing a parade was a first for me. I spent a lot of time yesterday culling the photographs which weren’t up to standard. I am so glad we are in the era of digital photography when we can view a photograph before deciding whether we keep or delete it.

  3. What an entertaining fair! I’ve never been to an Easter Parade before. This one looks very interesting. I love all the old vehicles but my favourite things are the penny farthings and that other funny looking bike. I’ve always wondered how they manage to ride those bicycles! Everyone looks like they had a fun time. Thanks for sharing the day, Margaret. 🙂

    • Jane, As a cyclist, I am sure you would have enjoyed riding at least the old tricycle. The cyclists in the parade looked quite comfortable so I guess they had practised their riding techniques.

      Bendigo has their Easter Parade on Easter Sunday.

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