Great Pako Festa Street Parade
At 11am the great Pako Festa Parade commences, with a colourful stream of cultural and community floats, local groups, entertainers and brass bands. Starting at Waratah Street and travelling south along Pakington Street Geelong West, the parade embodies cultural diversity, dynamism and colorfulness, and above all else cooperation, creativity and the promotion of our humanity.
Pako Festa sends a strong message in these troubled times in which we live, demonstrating our preparedness to interact with, work with, and treat each other with dignity and respect. It demolishes the walls of division and conflicts, bringing everyone together in a spirit of understanding, acceptance and a celebration of life itself.
CHANNEL 7 STAGE in 2018
Meet MKR Contestants and your favourite Home and Away Stars be there early so you don’t miss out on the great give-aways.
Channel 7 Stage
|12.15pm||Home and Away Q & A|
|12.30pm||Home and Away Meet & Greet – Jake Ryan, Sarah Roberts and Lukas Radovich|
|1.30pm||My Kitchen Rules Meet & Greet – Kim & Soung, Roula & Rachael|
VicSuper Local Makers and Growers Area
Opposite Geelong West Post Office 9am – 5pm
Chat to this dynamic and passionate group of volunteers about how you can make a difference and take action on climate change.
Learn about the Community Energy (CORE) Revolution happening right here in Geelong; the Sustainability Directory –a free guide promoting smarter choices and more sustainable lifestyles, Life Learning –fun affordable classes for curious people and Meet the Experts – building or renovating for energy efficiency in your home.
Urban Upcycle from 1pm
Tantalise your kid’s creative juices with Urban Upcycle, crafting with repurposed items to create a masterpeice!
Visit Diversitat Arts to discover a collection of handmade products produced right here in Geelong by Diversitat’s Stitch, Craft Circle and Kulo Arts Program– Karen and Karenni Weavers.
Newgrove Benchtops Pop Up Bar 12pm-5pm
Come and discover one of Geelong’s finest brews in a relaxed setting while you listen to local music, presented by Geelong Folk Club. View program here
CARMEN MIRANDA BAR
Relax with a drink at the designated licensed Furphy Carmen Miranda Bar,
and perhaps try a delicious Argentinian or Jamaican snack, while enjoying the colourful live entertainment on show at the Diversitat Stage in Albert Street, from 12.00noon – 6.00pm.
From 9am, the street will start to fill with people who’ve come to browse through the eclectic range of stalls, selling everything from ethnic fashion to fairy wings. There will be brilliant buskers, a smorgasbord of cultural and local foods and a string of roving street performers intent on keeping you smiling. With over 200 retail and food outlets in Pakington Street, there is no excuse not to find a bargain plus, delicious food to satisfy the soul!
Around midday, as the parade ends, join us in West Park for the official opening of the event. Then, over the course of the afternoon, stay and experience the street pulsating to the beat of back-to-back performances across a number of world music stages. Hundreds of performers from a myriad of multicultural backgrounds present traditional and modern music, dance and song. As well as introducing members from some of our newest local communities, the event continues to attract dedicated local community groups who have performed at every Pako Festa since 1983!