Monday 14 March, 10.30am 

A Melbourne staple, take your place on the sidelines as the vitality and energy of Moomba is brought to life through the spectacular Moomba Parade. Starting near the Shrine of Remembrance and finishing near Linlithgow Avenue, the lively procession brings a flurry of colour and movement to Melbourne's St Kilda Road.

Community designed floats are sure to dazzle in the spotlight this year and will be accompanied by droves of talented performance troupes, professional and amateur dance groups, as well as school participants.

In an effort to showcase our city's creative and collaborative nature, this year's Moomba Parade will feature floats and design elements designed by Melburnians who took part in last year's float design workshop at the festival.

You can also make your mark by helping to decorate the People's Float at Moomba on Saturday and Sunday, and then on Monday watch as your creative flair takes pride of place in the parade.

The parade will be officially opened by a Welcome to Country address from the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri tribe.

Download Parade Route Map PDF (3.2MB)
Design your own float 
Each year the Moomba Parade features community designed floats. Visit the Pavilion during the festival to try your hand at designing a float, or click through to try our online float designer then share your creation with your friends!
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2016 float designers 

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The Team

Meet the team whose imaginative designs have inspired a selection of floats in the 2016 Moomba Parade. Participants in last year’s float design workshop, these guys are all thrilled to see their ideas interpreted and brought to life in this iconic Moomba staple.

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Jake

Jake and his brothers spend a lot of time playing soccer in the backyard, and are pretty used to fetching the ball from the roof… When designing his parade character, Jake took the opportunity to come up with an imaginative solution to the ball debacle with ‘Flying Man’. He can’t wait for the rides and fireworks!

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Elsie

Elsie’s design ‘Captain Blackhearts’ was inspired by her favourite part of Moomba last year – Jake and the Neverland Pirates. She is very excited to be part of the parade and can’t wait to ride on her float. Elsie says Moomba means, ‘Fun, being happy and spending time with [her] family.’

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Aaron

‘Gigantosaurus’ is the brainchild of five-year-old Aaron who is quick to say that dinosaurs are his favourite thing to draw. Aaron really wanted to see a big friendly dinosaur float with windows in it, so he made it happen! This young designer is looking forward to watching the 2016 parade and Birdman Rally with his family.

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Hudson

A big imagination and a love of drawing saw the creation of Hudson’s awesome ‘Jungle Float’ at last year’s event. Hudson says he can’t wait to have some FUN family time at Moomba; he’s really looking forward to the rides too.

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Arabella

Proud Melbourne mum Arabella looked to the iconic spire at the Arts Centre to create King Koala Kong – a local take on a Hollywood classic. Arabella loves reliving the Moomba of her childhood and sharing Moomba with her kids – the food, rides, fireworks and magic!

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Winter

Eight-year-old Winter is really looking forward to seeing the ‘Recycling Monster’ make its way down St Kilda Road. Winter cares about the planet and designed his character ‘because recycling is a good thing to do!’ According to Winter, the parade with its different floats and characters is the best thing about Moomba.

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Interested?

Try your hand at designing a Moomba float online or at the festival in the Pavilion.

Parade Map 

Moomba Parade map
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Parade participants 

  • Backstage Dance Academy
  • Calisthenics Victoria
  • Caribbean Association of Victoria
  • Caroline Chisolm Catholic College
  • Dai Loong Chinese Dragon
  • Dance Sport Victoria
  • Dynamite Dance
  • Electrix Dance Studio
  • Fiesta Y Color
  • German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria
  • Glamour Puss Studios
  • Indonesian Community Group
  • Japan Club of Victoria
  • Johnny Young Talent School Pty. Ltd
  • Jungle City
  • Kreationz Cheers & Dance
  • Marching Australia Rebels
  • Metropolitan Fire Brigade
  • Methodist Ladies College Marching Band
  • Millennium Dance
  • Mornington Secondary College Drum Corps
  • Movie Cars - Back to the Future
  • Movie Cars - Batman
  • Movie Cars - Mad Max
  • OMEDA Inc.
  • O'Ziriguidum Samba School
  • Papua New Guinea Association of Australia
  • Rhythm Nation Dance Studio
  • Shiamak Bollywood Dance School
  • State Emergency Service
  • Step in Time
  • Studio D
  • Te Karangatahi Inc
  • Thai Community
  • The Dance Centre
  • Trivical Dance
  • Victorian State Youth Brass Band
  • Vietnamese Community in Australia (Vic)
  • Vintage Cycle Club of Victoria
  • Werribee Concert Band
  • West End Performing arts
  • Wurundjeri