Adelaide Fringe to open with a “Dizzying” Parade
As usual, thousands of eager onlookers are expected to line Adelaide’s premier boulevard, King William Street, to welcome an array of floats and Fringe artists in the Fringe Parade as they ‘strut their stuff’ from North Terrace to Victoria Square.
The Parade commences from 8.30pm, signalling the start of four weeks of Fringe mayhem, and will mesmerise revellers with a wonderful array of stunning floats and costumes, all around the theme of ‘Lit from Within’.
Audiences will be treated to pre-parade entertainment from 7pm including international street performers and the dynamic Roller Derby League of Adelaide performing their skating routines up and down the Parade route.
Fringe Director, Greg Clarke explains, “The Fringe Parade returns to its origins in 2013 celebrating and showcasing the thousands of artists who are at the very heart of Adelaide Fringe all led by Fringe Ambassador Paul McDermott on his very own specially designed float.”
Fringe Designer, Ali Jones and Fringe Parade Director, Roz Hervey, have combined forces to create a choreographed visual spectacular of illuminated floats and lanterns. Floats have been sculptured from paper and cardboard, and feature origami, multifaceted lanterns, giant illuminated light box towers and a 3.5 metre high illuminated kangaroo.
Mr Clarke added “The Parade also continues its long tradition of collaboration with diverse community groups. The Parade team have collaborated with local arts companies such as Cirkidz, Kurruru, Restless Dance Theatre and Tutti Arts to create floats with the following 4 communities: People with disabilities, young people, emerging communities and Indigenous groups.”
For the first time ever, the Adelaide Fringe Parade will be audio described and broadcast live on Radio Adelaide, bringing what is Adelaide’s party of the year to the vision impaired and blind. The audio description will enhance the audience’s experience by giving visual details of the parade in a live broadcast on Radio Adelaide 101.5FM from 8.30pm, capturing the splendour of the parade as thousands of artists perform in the centre of the city. For more information see the Fringe website.
In keeping with the theme of light the Parade is bracketed with fire; starting with a Welcome to Country featuring a Kaurna fire ceremony and concluding with a fireworks finale.
After the Parade, spectators are encouraged to continue their celebrations at one of the many Fringe venues throwing open their doors that night for the biggest party in town. Mr Clarke explained “If you head to the Central Market area you’ll discover the Depot and La Boheme; down Hindley St. you’ll find Freak Central; along North Terrace the Tuxedo Cat; in the centre of the city the Richmond Hotel and The Science Exchange; and in the East End The Garden of Unearthly Delights and Gluttony.”
Mr Clarke added ”Opening night is also a chance to be the first to discover the hottest Fringe shows in town as hundreds of shows will also open that night with many offering special ‘one off’ $5 tickets”
The biggest celebration of art and cultural diversity in the country is set to enthral and entertain audiences as more than 930 events gear up for what promises to be the best Fringe ever.
FRINGE OPENING PARADE DETAILS:
- Detailed info at http://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/special-events/opening-night
- Pre-parade entertainment from 7pm
- Parade starts at 8.30pm.
- Family Zone areas between North Terrace and Rundle Mall
- Wheelchair accessible viewing areas are located on the two tram stops along King William Street.
- In the tradition of the Christmas Pageant please stay behind the blue line
- Parade route down King William Street from North Terrace to Victoria Square
- $5 tickets to opening night shows available from adelaidefringe.com.au
- For information on road closures please listen to local radio throughout the afternoon or visit adelaidefringe.com.au