Photos: Duy Dash.
All our Barossa lovers, the Barossa Vintage Festival has something exciting in store for you this year!
Get ready to witness the traditional Barossa Vintage Festival parade that kicks off on Saturday April 17 while it makes history as the first community parade and pageant in Australia since the pandemic.
The Parade, a long-standing tradition of the Barossa Vintage Festival since the year 1947, has been granted an SA Health-approved COVID Management Plan giving the green light for the free community event to go ahead.
According to Jenny O’Brien, director of Barossa Vintage Festival, in its 74-year history the Vintage Festival Parade has achieved a number of milestones including laying claim to ‘the longest parade in the southern hemisphere.’
However, it is this latest achievement that will go down in the record books.
“What a fantastic outcome for the entire Barossa community,” says Jenny.
“We are beyond excited to be the first community in all of Australia to host an event of this calibre.
The Parade holds a special place in the hearts of the entire Barossa community; it brings people together and is the ultimate celebration and showcase of community spirit.
“We’ve been working behind the scenes with SA Health, SA Police and The Barossa Council for months to navigate the challenges associated with delivering the Parade in covid-safe way where the safety of all participants and spectators is paramount.
“Gaining approval and delivering the Parade is an achievement the entire community can be proud. It is because of their support, along with the 90 plus volunteers helping marshal the Parade that the event can proceed.
“Without a doubt this Festival will be one for the record books for a number of reasons.”
The Barossa Vintage Festival Parade is set to commence from Heinemann Park in Tanunda at 10am with the 50+ float procession making its way along Barossa Valley Way before a rolling finish on Nuraip Road, Nuriootpa.
People attending the parade are being encouraged to line the parade route but to also practice social distancing by ‘keeping a scarecrow distance’ apart (as a nod to the 185 scarecrows that are displayed across the region as part of the popular Barossa Scarecrow Trail).
They will be required to check-in to the Parade at various points along the route with QR codes.
The Barossa Vintage Festival, South Australia’s largest regional Festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 14 for five-days of fun, entertainment and experiences showcasing the Barossa’s famous wine, food, art and culture.