Lake Wendouree full of colour for the Begonia Parade 

CREATIVE and colourful floats and displays were shown off at The Courier Begonia Parade this morning.

More than 50 community groups made their way around Wendouree Parade, with thousands of onlookers lining the streets take in the sights and sounds of this year's event. 

Ballarat East Community Men's Shed, winner of the community float award, had a display featuring fairytale classic The Three Little Pigs. The float showcased small houses of straw, sticks and bricks with relatives of the Men's Shed members dressed as characters from the story. 

President Doug Jenkins said it was the third year the Men's Shed entered the float in the parade, with modifications each year.

"It was a three-year plan, so now we'll make a new one for next year."

Mr Jenkins said the group was currently in a brainstorming phase and could not disclose ideas. 

Federation University Australia Pipe Band president Tim Bodey, a snare drummer, said the band had been participating in the parade for more than 20 years. 

The Creswick Brass Band at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Creswick Brass Band at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Upcoming events by the City of Ballarat. PICTURE: ADVERTISEMENT

Upcoming events by the City of Ballarat. PICTURE: ADVERTISEMENT

Pleasant Street Primary School at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Pleasant Street Primary School at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Sebastopol Primary School at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Sebastopol Primary School at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

SES mascot Paddy Platypus at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

SES mascot Paddy Platypus at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Federation University Pipe Band at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Federation University Pipe Band at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Children lined up along Wendouree Parade for The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Children lined up along Wendouree Parade for The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Delacombe Primary School at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Delacombe Primary School at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Cael Walsh and Sam McDonald from The Australian Air League Ballarat Squadron. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Cael Walsh and Sam McDonald from The Australian Air League Ballarat Squadron. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ballarat Kyokushin Karate Club at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ballarat Kyokushin Karate Club at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Stephanie Winzar at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Stephanie Winzar at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Ballarat East Community Men's Shed Begonia Parade float. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

The Ballarat East Community Men's Shed Begonia Parade float. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Bernie and Marj Clebney at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Bernie and Marj Clebney at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Harley, Olivia and Esther Bailey at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Harley, Olivia and Esther Bailey at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Cruze and Ebony Cassar at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Cruze and Ebony Cassar at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Carly and Montana Ieskosek at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Carly and Montana Ieskosek at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Maddison Chubb, Rebecca Slade and Brodie Roy at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Maddison Chubb, Rebecca Slade and Brodie Roy at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Frankie, Glenn and Bob Donald at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Frankie, Glenn and Bob Donald at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Peter Gilbert, Mal Laurie and Jo Laurie at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Peter Gilbert, Mal Laurie and Jo Laurie at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jack Taylor, 4, Angela Taylor, Carmel Ryan, Jim Ryan and Morgan Taylor, 1 of Delacombe. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Jack Taylor, 4, Angela Taylor, Carmel Ryan, Jim Ryan and Morgan Taylor, 1 of Delacombe. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

The Lake Goldsmith Steam Preservation Society at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Lake Goldsmith Steam Preservation Society at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Latisha Bowd, 7, and Peter Smith at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Latisha Bowd, 7, and Peter Smith at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Michelle Covick and Indi Covick, 3, at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Michelle Covick and Indi Covick, 3, at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Noreen Lynch and Max Keating at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Noreen Lynch and Max Keating at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Des Mahar, Ashley Klein, 5, Jake Klein, 8, and Fran Mahar at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Des Mahar, Ashley Klein, 5, Jake Klein, 8, and Fran Mahar at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Charlie Clarke, 2, and Aaron Clarke at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Charlie Clarke, 2, and Aaron Clarke at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Harkey James, 4, Ashlea James, and Mason James, 2, at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Harkey James, 4, Ashlea James, and Mason James, 2, at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Michael Kattula, 10, and Michael Kattula, 10, at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Michael Kattula, 10, and Michael Kattula, 10, at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Alex Oates, 8, and Matt Oates at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Alex Oates, 8, and Matt Oates at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Katelyn Thomas, 14, and Mikayla Thomas, 10, at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Katelyn Thomas, 14, and Mikayla Thomas, 10, at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Creswick RSL Light Horse Troop at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Creswick RSL Light Horse Troop at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Toby Jones with the CWA at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Toby Jones with the CWA at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Lions Club lion meets the crowd at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Lions Club lion meets the crowd at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Creswick Brass Band at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Creswick Brass Band at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Amy Miller with the White's Florist float at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Amy Miller with the White's Florist float at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Mathias Liston with the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Mathias Liston with the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Muzz Buzz at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Muzz Buzz at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Mark Chivers and Kerry Harris (Ballarat Kyokushin Karate). Picture: Jeremy Bannister

Mark Chivers and Kerry Harris (Ballarat Kyokushin Karate). Picture: Jeremy Bannister

Marley Dobe and Evie Clarke from the Ballarat North Early Learning Centre. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Marley Dobe and Evie Clarke from the Ballarat North Early Learning Centre. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Paula Sprague from Delacombe Primary School at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Paula Sprague from Delacombe Primary School at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Phil Orr from the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Phil Orr from the Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling Club at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ride For The Kids with Ballarat Highway Patrol at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ride For The Kids with Ballarat Highway Patrol at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Cat and Momoko Ogata with the SES float at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Cat and Momoko Ogata with the SES float at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Stella Savy from Vocalise at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Stella Savy from Vocalise at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Brenda McMahon leading the Filipino Australian Association of Ballarat at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Brenda McMahon leading the Filipino Australian Association of Ballarat at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Neale and Grace Goad at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Neale and Grace Goad at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Vintage and Classic Car Club at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Vintage and Classic Car Club at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

CFA Eureka Group at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

CFA Eureka Group at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Hayden Slater with the Eureka Community Kindergarten Association at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Hayden Slater with the Eureka Community Kindergarten Association at The Courier Begonia Parade. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

"It's a great event that really brings Ballarat together and it also gives us a chance to show off," Mr Bodey said.

The band played three sets, including Scotland the Brave.

"It's a crowd favourite," Mr Bodey said.

Other colourful displays included primary schools from around the region, local businesses including CruiseAbout with staff dressed up as characters from Shrek and sailors dancing behind them, White's Florist with a floral princess and Muzz Buzz with cheerleaders and balloons. 

Amy Miller was the floral princess who sat on top of the White's Florist float.

"I've only just moved to Ballarat, so I'd never been before," Ms Miller said.

"I didn't expect it to be so big. I really loved seeing all the different displays." 

Creswick Municipal band members dressed as smurfs as they marched playing their brass instruments and kids from Ready Steady Go did short running races as part of their display. 

Madison Holding, eight, said it was her first time at the parade and she loved all the costumes and floats.

Dressed as an American Indian princess to watch the parade, Madison said her favourite character from the parade was Shrek.