Theme unmasked for Masked Parade


The World of Books is the theme announced for this year’s Masked Parade on October 16.

Organisers chose from 83 suggestions given to them through public submissions from schools, community groups and individuals.

Festivals Team Leader Axel de Maupeou says the festival team was thrilled with the great response that came from the community.

“We received a whole raft of ideas to choose from, but this one stood out as it can be interpreted in so many different ways and lends itself to colourful masks and costume. We encourage young and old to think about the characters and worlds in their best loved books and really get creative!”

The selected idea came from Debbie Williams, who says she suggested the theme as she knew it had endless opportunities.

“There is children’s fiction and literature such as Alice in Wonderland, fairy tales from the Grimm Brothers, Winnie the Pooh, Hairy Maclary or The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Then there is adult literature like the classics such as Jane Eyre or The Great Gatsby, or the works of the great poets and Shakespeare. The list goes on and is only limited by a person’s imagination.”

The parade and carnival will be followed by ten days of theatre, music and other performance arts.