One of the Geelong traditions is Gala Day, it has been running for over 90 years and brought joy to generations of people from Geelong and surrounds. Gala Day has been a day for young and young at heart to celebrate and really have fun along the 2km city loop. Raising much needed funds for the Geelong Hospital Appeal the event is supported by dozens of community groups and businesses in the region.
Every year in November thousands flock to the streets of Geelong to watch a huge street parade, colour sound and plenty of magic plus the odd celebrity and familiar face or two including some of our sporting heroes from down Kardinia Park way who are always crowd favourites. Geelong love their footy stars.
The parade also features many famous of fury mascots, clowns and other performers which really thrill the crowd, Over the years Santa, Humphrey B Bear, Half Cat, Bob the Builder are just a few of the famous faces who have appeared in the Gala Day parade.
Many corporate and community groups spend hindered of hours building elaborate floats, compete with performers in fancy costumes and fully choreographed routines. Highland Bands, military bands, horses, dance troupes, vintage cars the whole lot; the Geelong people sure knows how to put on a great parade.
After the parade the celebration continues in parkland around the city, with food, entertainment and other attractions topping of one of the most fun days on the Geelong's event calendar.