Ipswich Festival parade.
Ipswich Festival parade. Rob Williams

Record crowd for Ipswich's Parade of Light

THERE is no doubt Ipswich has fallen in love with its annual Parade of Light.

A record crowd of 10,000 packed the CBD on Saturday night cheering the 4000 super participants as they marched through the city streets.

Ipswich Events Corporation's Paul Casos said the decision a few years ago to move the annual parade from a day-time event to a night spectacular has won the hearts of locals.

"Social media went off on Sunday with a ringing endorsement of the Saturday night event," he said.

"The super heroes theme was embraced by everyone in the march as well as many in crowd and that certainly reflected in the great atmosphere."

The Events Corporation's decision to back the event up with an entertainment stage in front of the Old Flour Mill in Brisbane St and a second stage in d'Arcy Doyle Place ensured the big crowd stayed around the city precinct well after the end of the hour-long march.

That was also helped by the Honk exhibition of more than 110 classic cars which lined both sides of Brisbane St.

This year's festival is also recording big wins with its other events.

Hundreds packed the Doll Show yesterday and the Friday night Sounds of the Sixties performance at the Civic Centre drew a capacity house of 450.

The Doll Show also reported a big influx of visitors to town from places as far away as Canberra.

Among the big winners from the weekend were the CBD restaurants and bars who all reported a great trade.