Day 3 of the Moomba Festival required an early start to see its highlight, a parade that starts at 11am. Normally the parade runs through the centre of Melbourne CBD, but this year, due to roadworks, the parade was moved to St Kilda road, alongside the botanical gardens. The parade consits of floats, dancing and music and is a celebration of aboriginal and worldwide culture.
After seeing Abi and Rob the day previous, we arranged to meet up again and watch the parade. We met up at around 10:30, and sat on the grass banks of the botanical gardens. The parade started with an aboriginal dance, and the theme for the parade was clearly food and drink (but with a few exceptions). After the dance finished, the parade began moving up St Kilda road, lead by the men and women of the armed forces and the services (police, abulance, fire).
As the fire service walked past I noticed a very familiar face in the parade, and I just happened to be taking video at the time. I have uploaded the video for you to see! The parade continued on for around an hour, before winding up. Abi and Rob were eager to head off, as they both had much to do after just moving to a new city. We said our goodbyes, and I headed south, in no perticular direction.
Shortly after saying goodbye, my vision was drawn to the Melbourne Shine of Remembrance, which is situated in the botanical gardens. I had meant to visit the Shrine for some time, and this was a perfect day to do it. I changed course and walked up to the Shrine.