The Cairns Festival got underway with a Grand Parade of around 85 floats and other vehicles together with crowds of people processing down the Esplanade on 26 August 2017. A good number of our Street Chaplains joined in with Bill driving our Street Chaplains’ van, Mella guiding proceedings, Esther ‘under the weather’ and pushed in a wheelchair by Brett, with Alysse, Chris, Lorna, Cindi and Kelly giving out custom printed balloons and bookmarks. The public’s reaction to us was tremendous, evidenced by the donations received in a few outstretched vomit bags! Thanks so much team. We’ll have to make this an annual event!