Begonia festivities getting ready to roll

Preparations are well under way for participants in the Ballarat Begonia Parade. 

A new float this year will be made up of the staff from local travel agents Cruiseabout, who will be taking a Shrek theme to the day. 

Team leader Katherine Armati said the theme came from a cruise ship that has some of the characters aboard. 

“I think the kids love to see the characters and we have also got sailors from Bloc Theatre Company who will be dancing with us around the float,” she said. 

“It will be about having a bit fun, especially for the kids.” 

The Courier is a major sponsor of the event, which will be held on March 10 at 10am. 

Ms Armati said Cruiseabout would also have a marquee during the festival showing the variety of packages they offered to customers. 

“We really want to be part the community, and doing things like this get us in there, seeing people and meeting people,” she said. 

Community groups, sporting groups, businesses, schools and music groups are all expected to take part in the parade.