Get your friends and family together, dust off your picnic rug and enjoy Australia Day in the City this Saturday, proudly presented by Adelaide City Council and the Australia Day Council of South Australia.
The festivities will begin with the Australia Day Parade kicking off from Victoria Square / Tarndanyangga at 6pm.
The Parade is one of the largest in the country, featuring over 100 community groups, a number of exciting floats, vintage vehicles, horses, marching bands, a giant echidna and a fly-past by an F-18 Hornet.
“With over 3,500 participants and a wide range of different cultural representations, the Parade really is a kaleidoscope of colour and activity. It’s a great celebration of what it means to be Australian,” Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said.
“I encourage all South Australians to come into the city and enjoy a great family night out,” Stephen said.
The Parade will make its way down King William Street to Elder Park at 7pm for the FREE family-friendly Australia Day Concert.
Premier Jay Weatherill and the Lord Mayor will address the crowd before Aussie dance music sensations the Potbelleez and home-grown talent Wes Carr will have everyone on their feet, dancing the night away.
The concert will also acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with a traditional Kaurna welcome by Jack Buckskin, 2011 Finalist for Young Australian of the Year and a traditional dance performance by KUMA KARRO. Two new screens will be installed in Elder Park to cater for the expected large crowds, one behind the main stage and one near the Rotunda.
“We expecting record crowds this year so the new screens will allow more people to view and hear the Concert regardless of where they sit,” said Matthew Miles, Executive Officer of the Australia Day Council of SA.
“Last year the event attracted 38,000 people to the Parade and the Concert and we’re expecting to top that this year.”
The festivities will end with a bang around 9.45pm with a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Olympic Carports and Garages.
Concert-goers are encouraged to utilise public transport getting to and from the event. However, if you need to drive, the following UParks offer flat-rates:
Topham Mall and Pire/Flinders $6 Flat Rate all day Saturday. Open until midnight.
Rundle Upark – $6 Night Rate after 6pm. Open 24 hours to Sunday midnight.
Grote St UPark -$6 Night Rate after 6pm. Open until midnight.
Central Market UPark – $4 Night Rate after 6pm. Open until 1am.