Street Parade

Approximately 3000 people attended the Power On! event in Morwell on Saturday 21 November, with the street parade transforming Commercial Road into a vibrant and colourful space featuring giant puppets and drumming.

Creative Director, Alison Taylor, said that the Power On! Event explored the theme of climate change and our sustainable future through a parade and a twilight market, designed to bring the community together at the end of the year-long ‘The Grid’ project.

“The parade designed by artist Stefanie Robinson was led by representatives of the CFMEU who carried a large power plug down the street. It also included a giant pelican which glided down Commercial Road followed by smaller butterflies and flags which represented our community’s ability to transform. 

“The parade walked to the beat of drums played by school children who had participated in workshops with local artist Steve Schultz and went on to perform with the bands following the parade.  At the end of the parade, the giant plug was plugged into a large power point which was symbolically connected to the sun

“The parade was followed by music from Melbourne band ‘Tumbarumba’ who got the audience up dancing to their African inspired beats and Latrobe City’s own ‘Wonderdogs’ who provided a great finish to the evening,” Ms Taylor explained.

Latrobe City mayor, Councillor Lisa Price said that the event created a great opportunity for the community to come together and have some fun whilst also reflecting on our shared future. 

“Including the younger generation of local school children in the street parade, gave them a voice to express what they want the future to look like.  By making statements about what we want, we can influence forces."