Bumper crowd at whale festival illumination parade
HERVEY Bay's illumination parade lit up the night on Saturday, with Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell delighted to see so many people both on the street and taking part in the parade.
Cr O'Connell estimated about 10,000 people were at the event, which is part of the Hervey Bay Whale Festival.
He said it was clear to see how hard schools and businesses had worked on their floats.
"It is one of our iconic events," Cr O'Connell said.
He said it was great to see so many floats incorporating this year's theme of Protecting Oceania.
Cr O'Connell had particular praise for the events team, now working under the umbrella of Fraser Coast Opportunities, who had worked so hard to make the event happen.
The next event in the month-long Hervey Bay Whale Festival will be the Whale Aid concert on August 24.