So it’s that time again, must be cold then, when the weird and the wonderful brush off the dust from the favourite outfits and join in the parade of the annual Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba, Australia. The festival is held around the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) and will be the 20th anniversary of the event. The festival is a total community event, run by members of the local community. Each year their is a loose theme in which participates can work their costumes towards. This year it is Historia, whatever that is i’m not too sure, but it really doesn’t matter as people will generally wear whatever they like.
The grand parade is great as it involves over 500 people all dancing, walking, skating, drumming & much more up Katoomba street in various attire, having an absolute ball. Spectators line both sides of the street as the parade makes in way past giving everyone, giving some great photo opportunities. As with all big events their is a fantastic volunteer input from the local community making the day that much easier to help co-ordinate.
For me it means a day spent wandering the streets in search of great photo opportunities and wonderful conversations with the people who go to so much effort with their costumes. It’s always great to see the whole Blue Mountains community getting behind this wonderful annual event. Each year I’ve seen it grow bigger & better and that’s a real credit to those that spend countless unpaid hours behind the scenes. Ofcourse you always will get the naysayers and detractors with anything a little left of field, but their the ones I usually spy with the camera having a laugh, though they would never admit it.
So if you have the time this June 22nd, pack on plenty of warm clothes as it does get quite cold, chuck the kids in the car and come and have a great day here in Katoomba with the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival. If you want some information on the festival here is the link to the official website.
hope to see you there
cheers ben some winter magic from the past
and so much more