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Moomba takes over the streets

18 Mar 2013

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Moomba fever hit St Kilda Rd last month, as Melbourne’s favourite street festival rolled into town.

The street parade, at its new permanent home on St Kilda Rd was again well attended, with visitors braving sweltering heat to enjoy the festivities.

Those who endured the heat were rewarded with a spectacular parade of colour and movement.

One of the highlights was the reception saved for thethe Moomba monarchs, employees from emergency services in Victoria, received from the appreciative crowd.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle was gushing in his praise of both Moomba as an event, and the people of Melbourne who continued to support the iconic festival.

“What a wonderful weekend in Melbourne Moomba is. It’s kind of a mixture of community event and celebration of Melbourne,” Cr Doyle said.

“For me, the most important part this year, was to have seven monarchs from our emergency services, the people who protect us, and who care for us in the community. I can just feel an enormous thank you welling up from the people of Melbourne to those organisations represented,” he added.

“I am never surprised at the turnout from the people from Melbourne. Put on a parade and we will come.”

The Lord Mayor also indicated that if he had anything to do with it, the parade would remain at its St Kilda Rd venue.

“I think people love St Kilda road. The grassy banks there, being able to bring your family, and a bit of shade under the trees is welcome on a day like today,” Cr Doyle said.

“We’ll talk again to the council after this parade. I like St Kilda Rd, I think it works really, really well.”

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