Vintage Festival Parade goes for a Guinness Record

Keep an eye out for this creative float seen during the 2017 Barossa Vintage Festival Parade.
Keep an eye out for this creative float seen during the 2017 Barossa Vintage Festival Parade.

Convenors of the Vintage Festival Parade have prepared an Guinness World Records application in their aim to make this year’s Parade the biggest and best yet.

A new record title - the Longest Street Parade in the Southern Hemisphere (distance) - could be up for grabs if the Guinness World Records organisation accepts the Vintage Parade's recent application. 

The parade route will see floats travelling over nine kilometres from the main street of Nuriootpa to the centre of Tanunda - journeying more than double the distance of other large parades such as the Adelaide Christmas Parade. 

Festival Director Jenny O’Brien said the plan for the Parade to travel down the length of the main street in Tanunda was as a result of feedback from the community and business community.

“We acknowledge the Parade is a marquee event and for us it’s about creating as many opportunities as possible for everyone to watch the Parade and take it all the excitement and atmosphere as the procession makes it way from Nuriootpa to Tanunda,” said Jenny.

“Concluding the Parade, we’re encouraging everyone to head to Chateau Tanunda for the Parade Carnival.

"It’s a family friendly event with lots of incredible entertainment for kids, and adults too and we’ll also be announcing the winners of the best parade floats.”

“We’re looking to make this year's Parade one of our biggest and best yet in anticipation of our Guinness World Record application being accepted,” said Carla Wiese-Smith, co-convenor of the Vintage Festival Parade.

“We (the committee) have been pretty impressed with the initial number of floats registered, but we’re really encouraging more people to be involved this year. 

"No matter how big or how small your float is; how creative or original your float idea is we want you to be part of this iconic event.

"I'm also excited that, (pending approval) we will be bringing the Parade down Tanunda main street for the first time in a number of years.”

The Parade officially kicks off at 10am on Saturday, April 27.

Organisers are encouraging people to start their day early in the main street of Nuriootpa with breakfast, entertainment and a Groovy Grape Trail for kids, before staking their claim along Barossa Valley Way to watch the Parade.

The following float awards will be presented: best constructed float, best costume display, best wine industry float, best Barossa Food float, best floral float, best musical float, best vintage vehicle, best community float (schools, towns, volunteer groups, civic bodies) and the people’s choice award.

Registrations for the Barossa Vintage Festival Parade are open. To register your float visit www.barossavintagefestival.com.au.

Registrations strictly close at 5pm, Friday March 8.