Thousands flock to Daylesford for New Years Eve Parade and Gala

More than 2000 people lined the streets of Daylesford on Saturday evening to help bring in the new year as the annual New Year’s Eve Parade and Gala again took centre stage. 

Entertaining the crowds: A brass band marches down Vincent Street as part of the Daylesford New Year's Eve Parade and Gala on Saturday night.  Picture: Anne Stewart.

Entertaining the crowds: A brass band marches down Vincent Street as part of the Daylesford New Year's Eve Parade and Gala on Saturday night. Picture: Anne Stewart.

Floats ranging from the SES and emergency services through to kids on decorated bikes made their way down the street, while children enjoyed a range of old fashioned games such as pin the tail on the donkey and coconut shy.

The Daylesford Community Gardens earned the crown of best float, while The Glenlyon Restorers Association’s assortment of vintage machinery also proved a hit with the crowds.  

Event organiser Anne Stewart said the parade aimed to represent all elements of the Daylesford community. 

“This year we really wanted our artists and community groups to take part,” Ms Stewart said.  

A stalwart on the Daylesford calendar, 2016 was the 88th installation of the parade.

“It would have to be one of the oldest parades in regional Victoria,” Ms Stewart said. 

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