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Entertainment - Parades

'Hermaphro - Queen of the Night' - the QANTAS Light Fantastic Night 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 hi-tech beat soundtrack would envelope the Expo site every Expo evening from 6.30 p.m. 

Here are some images of the 'Hermaphro - Queen of the Night' QANTAS Light Fantastic Night Parade -

Between colourful comics, rotating discs, and flag-bearing heralds, there was much to keep one's eyes occupied at the fascinating night parade

Brilliant colours and design made the Parade attendants one of the most popular attractions
The QANTAS Jumbo Starship led the Parade
Technology, the human mind and robotics was also a popular theme at World Expo '88The human mind, with it's workings revealed, was one of the more intricate floats at the QANTAS Light Fantastic Night Parade
Brilliant colours and design made the Parade attendants one of the most popular attractions

Between colourful comics, rotating discs, and flag-bearing heralds, there was much to keep one's eyes occupied at the fascinating night parade
The Queen enters...The silver-white unicorn was one of the favourites of the QANTAS Light Fantastic ParadeSome of the wierd and wonderful Parade attendants and their attachments

Some of the other futuristic attendants...

The Australian Frillie-Necked Lizard makes a star performanceThe QANTAS Light Fantastic Parade World Expo '88 Passport StampSome koalas formed a 'construction-worker's' ballet

Some mice and a green cheese moon...
Tin men and creatures from outer space helped move the Parade along....

Some of Australia's indigenous reptiles had their own float at the Parade - in this case in a rendition from the famous Australian bed-time story 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie'.
An evening image of the Sydney Opera House was also a favouriteA mythical beast enters the Night Parade circuit

Photo of Frillie-necked Lizard Courtesy and Copyright ACP Publishing and Russell Stokes
Rest of images are Courtesy and Copyright of the Gabriel Collection and McGreevy Collection of Foundation Expo '88


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