GRAND CENTRAL FLORAL PARADE 2016

WATCH: Crowds line CBD for glimpse of stunning floats

THE Grand Central Floral Parade dazzled onlookers with an eclectic mix showing everything from superheroes to dancing queens, roller girls and marching bands.

CBD streets were closed to allow thousands of residents and visitors to line the pavement ready for the massive annual event.

Chairs were set up in key locations hours ahead of time to ensure the best vantage point, while some took to the balconies of first floor businesses.

Before the procession started Toowoomba Regional Council tourism and events portfolio leader Geoff McDonald welcomed and warmed up the crowd.

TRC Mayor Paul Anotnio presents Alyssa Azar with a key to the city at the Carnival of Flowers 2016. September 17, 2016
TRC Mayor Paul Anotnio presents Alyssa Azar with a key to the city at the Carnival of Flowers 2016. September 17, 2016 Bev Lacey

A special presentation was then held, as Toowoomba's Alyssa Azar, who this year became the youngest Australian to scale Mt Everest at 19-years-old, was given a key to the city by mayor Paul Antonio.

The streets, already painted in chalk, were given a fresh coat ahead of Ms Azar leading the parade, driven by councillor Joe Ramia.

A loud and proud show of floats, cars, boats and marchers streamed through downtown Toowoomba as community groups and businesses made their way through the parade to Queens Park.

The Ergon Energy Flower, Food and Wine Festival had sold out around noon and was forced to turn people away without pre-purchased tickets.

Along with huge crowds on Friday night, the 67th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers proved its success again today.

Tickets for tomorrow's events are still available online.


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