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2012 Gala Day

With nearly a century of tradition the 2012 Gala Day promises to once again be one of the highlights of Geelong’s exciting event calendar. This year parade will be held on Saturday the 17th of November from 11:00 AM and is sure to delight young and old.

2012 Gala Day


The colourful parade will snake down Malop Street from the Eastern Park end and head down Moorabool Street to the city’s waterfront precinct where a huge carnival of family fun will run throughout the afternoon.

Like always the parade will feature an array of floats, community groups and some of our sporting heroes. You are sure to see a few of the champion players from the Geelong Football Club and Supercats and Television and media celebrities Denis Walter and Peter Hitchener are only two of the celebrity names who will take part in this years parade. Being only five weeks from Christmas you can expect Santa to pop in and join in the fun with Mrs Claus.

Other special guests at the 2012 Gala Day parade will be the crew from the new Monsters Inc. movie, expect to see Sully and Mike enjoying the fun in the parade along with quiet a few other surprises.

The afternoon’s activities on Steampacket Gardens is going to be so much fun with plenty of special guests. Elmo, Bananas in Pyjamas, Fireman Sam and the Raggs Band are only a few of the performers who will entertain the expected huge crowd. There will be market stalls, novelties, craft, food and a huge children’s program. The fun even takes place on Corio Bay with water-ski action with a great performance from Starts Down Under Water-ski and Stunt Show.

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Gala Day started 96 years ago back in 1916 as a fund raiser for the Red Cross’s World War I effort, since 1927 Gala Day has been a major fundraiser for the Geelong Hospital. This year there will be pinwheels on sale for $2 where funds raised will contribute to a new playground as well as clinical consultation rooms in the Cotton On Foundation Children’s Ward at the Geelong Hospital. So not only are you sure to have a great day at Gala Day you are helping one of Geelong’s most important causes.