Noosa putting the ‘Queens back in Queensland’

Noosa''s 5th Rainbow River Festival is on again February 28 to March 1. Photo: Francois Photography.

 Noosa will again be bringing the Queens back to Queens-land and turning up the volume on the Mardi Gras party scene with our 5th Noosa Rainbow River Festival from 28 Feb – 1 March 2020.

Partygoers will celebrate with a weekend of festivities, kicking off with welcome cocktails at the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club on Friday night the 28 February from 5pm onwards.

Melony Brests will then be “dropping her balls” at Melony’s Drag Queen Bingo hosted by the Lazy River Restaurant just down the road.

Saturday features the Festival Mardi Gras Party Extravaganza, We are playing the Mardi Gras Parade on the big screen live from 7:30pm, plus showcasing performances by the Powderpuff Girls & Rocky V Liquor and DJ Les will be back in the house.

Wrapping up on Sunday will be the highlight of the weekend, the family-friendly River Parade and picnic, led by the Coast Guard and the Catalina.

“We are so excited to be able to bring a genuine Mardi Gras experience to Noosa so the community that can’t travel to Sydney can celebrate together”.

“The Festival has something for everyone – from a family-friendly, BYO riverside picnic, through to a party with a DJ and live drag performances”.

“And of course, we’re inviting the whole Noosa community to join us on the Noosa River for the famous annual River Parade. Hire a boat, bring your own boat or join the official Rainbow Party boat and party in the sun on a two-hour adventure up and down the Noosa River and canals,” Festival Organiser Kirsty Patten said.“The theme of this year’s River Parade is Rainbow Pirates, so we’re asking everyone to be flirty, be daring and definitely be fabulous.”

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Event details

· Friday 28 February 2020:

Welcome sunset cocktails at the Noosa Yacht Club: 5pm. (Free event)

Melony’s Drag Queen Bingo hosted by the Lazy River Restaurant: Doors 6:30pm Balls Drop 7.30pm

· Saturday 29 February 2020:

Festival Mardi Gras Party Extravaganza at Villa Noosa. 6pm – 12am. 18+ event.· Sunday 1 March 2020:

BYO Riverside picnic near the Big Pelican (on the grass area; look for the Rainbow flags) 10 am – 12 noon. (Free event)

The River Parade starts from the jetty at 172 Gympie Terrace at 12 noon – 2 pm. Turnaround at Noosa Woods where Melony Brests will be putting on a free show. This event is open to all. A limited number of tickets for the Catalina are available or bring your own boat.

Farewell drinks at Whisky Boy (18+free event)

· Boat Hire: Pelican Boat Hire

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