Begonia Festival Parade – 11 March 2013

One of the great things about being a member of the Ballarat Brass Band is that you get to play at some great local events throughout the year.

One of our favourites is the Begonia Festival parade, which takes place on the Monday of the Labour Day long weekend in March each year.

This year’s parade was held in baking hot weather, but despite the heat a huge crowd turned up to enjoy the colour, costumes and festive atmosphere.

Here’s a photo taken before the parade began as the band was about to get into marching formation:

Before the parade

Before the parade

Ballarat Courier photographer Justin Whitelock took some great photos during the parade. I’ll post a couple of them here, but please check out the full photo gallery at the Courier web site here.

Smiling despite the heat

Smiling despite the heat

Marching in March!

Marching in March!

It’s always great to be involved in the Begonia Festival, when the sun is shining and Ballarat is looking magnificent.

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