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FLYING HIGH: Australia Day celebrations are set to return to Coolum.
FLYING HIGH: Australia Day celebrations are set to return to Coolum. Trevor Veale

COULD this be the year Coolum's Australia Day grand parade finally returns?

Australia Day celebrations were washed out last year, and in 2011 the parade was cancelled because of insurance issues.

But organisers are going all out this year to bring back the traditional Coolum parade, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Hundreds of people of all ages from local community groups, sporting clubs and businesses - adorned in various Australiana, costumes and uniforms - are expected to march from Margaret St along the David Low Way up to Pt Perry next Saturday.

To add to the occasion, Coolum Lions Club, which organises the annual event, has received permission to use the Lions district flags in the Australia Day Parade.

Event manager Don Knopke said the flags would help celebrate Australia's multiculturalism and highlight the Lions' work in more than 200 countries around the world.

"We need at least 100 volunteers to march in our Australia Day parade, preferably carrying the flag of their choice, if not the flag of another nation that is part of our Lions International organisation," Mr Knopke said.

"And, of course, anyone who would like to carry an Aussie flag is most welcome too."

Cash prizes of $100 are on offer for the best displays in the parade in the following categories: Best Overall Entry, Best Aussie Theme, Best Junior Group and Best Business Entry.

Those wishing to participate in the parade should arrive in Margaret St at 9am and report immediately to the registration tent to ensure a 10am start.

For more information, phone 0427 061 466 or email coolumlions@hotmail.com.

The parade is just one part of Coolum's Australia Day celebrations, which begin with the legendary Lionesses breakfast in Tickle Park from 7am and conclude with a monster fireworks display at 7.30pm.

Check out next week's Coolum and North Shore News for a full list of events and times.



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