EASTER is huge in our region - and this year was bigger than ever.
For the first time ever, all of Bendigo's processional dragons, including original dragon Loong, paraded together at the weekend.
There were also music, markets, shows and more to keep everyone entertained.
The Bendigo Advertiser was on scene for the weekend's action - scroll down to relive it all.
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Looking forward: The Easter long weekend wasn't even finished before organisers were looking ahead to the 2020 event. It is slated to be another significant occasion because it marks 150 years of the festival.
Watch the parade here, or scroll down for more coverage from the weekend (please note, it might take a few moments for the videos to load)
Part one - the gala parade kicks off:
Part two - the dragons wins their way through Bendigo:
Part three - the dragons return to the museum:
Part four - the return, continued:
Watch it here:
Watch it here:
Scroll down for some of your top Bendigo Easter questions, answered, and to read our pre-Easter coverage.
There is more than enough to keep you busy during the next few days!
Kick off the Easter spirit with the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt at Rosalind Park.
The event is on both Good Friday and Easter Saturday.
On Saturday and Sunday, the music-filled Bull Street Festival will keep you entertained between 2pm and 10pm.
Enjoy the Rotary Art and Craft Market between 9am and 4pm on Friday and Sunday.
On Saturday night, the Bendigo Torchlight Procession will light up the CBD and culminate with fireworks.
And on Sunday, return for the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade!
Bendigo's oldest surviving imperial dragon, Loong, has been given permission to parade in this year's Easter festival.
He is one of the city's four largest dragons, measuring 29 metres long. Sun Loong is more than 100 metres and was the world's longest imperial dragon until his successor, Dai Gum Loong, came along this year.
The rarely seen night dragon, Yar Loong, is 34 metres long and will also be parading.
The parade starts at 1pm.
There will be free parking in two multi-storey car parks, at Hargreaves Street opposite the library, and at the corner of Edward and Queen streets.
The McCrae Street car park will be closed until 6pm on Sunday.
The Queen Elizabeth Oval car park will be closed from Saturday at 6am to Sunday at 6pm.
Bicycle parking is available in Rosalind Park from 10am to 5pm daily.
6am Wednesday until 11pm Sunday
6am Thursday until 6am Monday
5pm Thursday until 6pm Sunday
6am Saturday until 6am Monday
4pm Saturday until about 6pm Sunday
There will be various detours so please follow the road signs.
Information from the City of Greater Bendigo
The below bus services will be affected from 4pm Saturday until 6pm Sunday to accommodate the Bendigo Torchlight Procession and Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade:
Route 5 Kangaroo Flat-Huntly via Bendigo Station
Route 50 Epsom Station-Bendigo Station
Route 51 Bendigo Station-Eaglehawk via Jackass Flat
Route 52 Bendigo Station - Eaglehawk via Arnold Street
Route 53 Bendigo Station - Eaglehawk via Eaglehawk Road
Route 54 Bendigo Station-Maiden Gully via Calder Highway
Route 55 Bendigo Station - Kangaroo Flat via Golden Square
Route 60 Bendigo Station-East Bendigo via Strickland Road
Route 61 Bendigo Station - La Trobe University via Strathdale
Route 70 Bendigo Station-Strathfieldsaye
Please note: The main inbound bus stop at Mitchell Street will be moved up one block to Chemist Warehouse. Main outbound bus stop will be moved to Mitchell Street between King Street and Wills Street at Captain Snooze. Pall Mall and McCrae Street bus stops will be closed all day.
Bendigo Railway Station bus stops will operate as normal.
A few of the delicious treats in central Victoria are now award-winning!
The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Cafe has won back-to-back national awards for its hot cross buns at the hotly contested Australian Bakery Championships.
Check out some of our stories from the lead-up to Easter 2019 here:
Consider it done! Check out some of last year's coverage from Easter below.
Easter Monday stories, pictures and videos:
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