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Entertainment - Parades

'Food!' - The Expo '88 Day Parade

Designed to rival the famous Disneyland Parades, World Expo '88 featured two daily parades - the 'Food!'-themed Expo Day Parade - and the 'Hermaphro - Queen of the Night'-themed QANTAS Light Fantastic Night Parade.

Each parade featured over 15 floats - all totally computer controlled - larger-than-life moving diorama presentations - reflecting on the inane, mysterious, whimsy of our day-to-day life, surrounded by swirling clowns, musicians, performers, on uni-cycles, roller-skates, and user-made mobiles, in the guise of each of the Expo's theme weeks - and led by the 66-strong Expo City Marching Band, closely behind a clown on stilts carrying a banner of the name of the Expo's changing weekly theme.

Each parade weaving it's way from the northern part of the Expo to the south, on-lookers and well-wishers would gather on each side of the Expo's major thoroughfares, to watch this half-hour long spectacle - which never seemed to bore or cease entertaining upon every day (and night's) presentation.

The QANTAS Light Fantastic Night Parade had it's own extra charm - where it's magical illuminations and sounds would envelope each early evening of the Expo, with an special glow.

Here are some images of the 'Food!' Day Parade -

Another of the humourous performers of the Day Parade'Norm' - the TV couch-potato - from the popular 'Life. Be in it!' 1980s (Australian fitness) campaignThe bounteous sun leads the Expo '88 Day Parade
An Australian echidna - ant-eater - joins the Day ParadeHamburger on wheels? No! The food floats for the Day Parade were ingeniously carried by ants!Some of the ants carry away an Australian Lamington...
Some of the colourful performers of the Day ParadeA vegetarian weight-lifter also featured!80s nouveau riche culture including the pampered poodle, fake sun tans and world travel...

These images are proudly a part of the Gabriel Collection of Foundation Expo '88