WHEN Bendigo hosts events, it hosts them well.
As someone who attended the Bendigo Easter Festival for the first time on Saturday and Sunday I was amazed by the huge turnout and the number of people eager to take part in the parade.
Event organisers often exaggerate the crowds at such gatherings.
But this was truly a massive turnout that showed the city in the best light possible.
I’ve attended plenty of events in regional areas where there is perhaps a few thousand people, but nothing quite of this scale.
The city was packed from Rosalind Park to the Chinese precinct, and all the way along the streets where the parade was held.
Getting even a small glimpse of the 60-plus floats and countless participants was a challenge as people staked out the best vantage points from the early hours of the morning.
The attendees must have been spurned on by the impressive visuals on display during the parade, with a wide variety of groups displaying their talents.
And far from being a conservative march, the parade included a young band on the back of a trailer playing heavy music among the colourful costumes and soaring dragons.
Spirits were high for those in the parade and the thousands watching on.
To say the event was a huge success would be an understatement.
Those involved can be proud to have put on such an impressive event without a hitch.
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