With rainbows and sparkling dresses as far as the eye could see, thousands flocked to Daylesford at the weekend for the vibrant antics of the annual Chillout Festival.
Back in its 15th year as the biggest and longest-running gay pride event in regional Australia, the festival attracted a colourful crowd of young and old.
A parade along the main street of Daylesford showcased men on horseback, women on brilliant handmade floats and children on the shoulders of their parents.
Max Primmer’s drag queen persona Di-Alysis was a highlight of the parade and said the festival showcased diversity and fun.
“Whether you’re young or old it’s always a great event,” Mr Primmer said.
“ You can bring the whole family and everyone has a great time.”
“Plus it’s always a bit of fun to get dressed up and celebrate.”
After 15 years of operation the festival this year held a retrospective exhibition in honour of all those who have worked to provide the festival over the years.
Another highlight included the “slow lunch” yesterday, with hundreds enjoying a delicious three-course meal bursting with local produce.
Silent and live auctions were also a hit.
Organisers said the warm weather contributed to larger than usual crowds, with more than 10,000 people attending the popular festival on both Saturday and yesterday.