Brisbane City-1While many in the local community have raised concerns about the disruption to traffic and overwhelming security presence at the G20 Summit, the G20 organisers themselves are highlighting the many benefits of the event, and inviting the people of Brisbane to get involved in the Summit and take advantage of the many opportunities it offers. Here’s a Media Release the Westender received:

Mums and dads, sporting and dance groups, seniors, artists and performers will all get their chance to be involved in a massive parade through Brisbane to welcome the G20 Summit to Brisbane in November.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said Brisbane on Parade would be part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations and would bring the city’s most loved riverfront precinct at South Bank to life in a display of vibrant cultures.

“Brisbane on Parade is our community’s opportunity to shine and once again show Brisbane as a creative and distinctive destination in the lead up to the G20 Leaders Summit,” Mr Walker said.

“Queensland will enjoy massive economic and tourism benefits because of the summit and this parade will ensure the spotlight lands firmly on our city and state.”

Mr Walker said thousands of people were expected to participate in the parade and they would be cheered on by thousands more.

“Brisbane is a proud city with a rich tapestry of people from all walks of life, who will be brought together in a parade, dressed in a way that defines who they are and what they represent,” he said.

“All the colour of Brisbane’s cultural and community groups, sporting organisations, dance groups and club members of every kind will be on show at the very front of the world.”

Creative Director Athol Young said Brisbane on Parade would be an energetic and artistic component of the G20 Cultural Celebrations, which would weave through key city locations.

“Brisbane on Parade will stretch along the Southbank promenade concluding at the Cultural Forecourt right near the Brisbane sign at Southbank Parklands, collecting a throng of costumed people along the way,” Mr Young said.

“This is an open event for everyone in Brisbane and surrounding areas to be a part of, encouraging people to express themselves. This is your chance to say ‘Hey, this is who I am!’ and be very proud of that.

“Workshops will be held in the weeks prior to the parade so if you or your cultural groups, sports teams, service clubs, seniors, artists, cheerleaders or performers of any kind need assistance, it will be available.”

Online registration is open from September 1 – October 11, 2014. Groups of 5 or more can register, or individuals can register their interest to join a group. Visit www.qld.gov.au/g20cultural