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Culture to Couture

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From concept and creation through completion to catwalk, be inspired by "culture" to create individual and original high-end fashion that will be showcased at the at the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers from Thursday 18th to Sunday 22nd September 2014.

This innovative program will offer a unique opportunity to learn essential fashion design principles, processes and practices.

Be part of "Culture to Couture" and share your own individual cultural story through the creation of fabulous fashion, whilst having your design showcased in style, at an award-winning cultural festival.

Attend workshops and master classes by renowned Designer Carolyn Taylor-Smith to learn key skills, cutting-edge techniques and gain valuable creative insight.

How do I find out more?

Carolyn will be holding information sessions for this incredible initiative on Friday 6th and Friday 13th June 2014 at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers office to answer any questions and to outline the event in more detail.

To enter please download this PDF form.

What if I have a question?

Interests for the Information Session can be lodged by contacting the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers office on 4688 6661 and via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

Adopt A Float

If you are part of a business and would like to be part of the parade, but don’t have the time or resources to build your own float, you can take part in the Adopt a Float program.  The Adopt a Float program allows community organisations to build floats with funds generously donated by business.  Adoption fees generally range from $1,650-$2,750 inclusive of GST. To register for the Adopt a Float Program, complete an Expression of Interest form.


The popularity, reach and media appeal of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers offers a range of attractive sponsorship opportunities.

From events to branding opportunities, there is a wealth of potential to showcase your business, product and brand awareness during our spring festival.

For further information please contact:

Melissa Kite
Events Coordinator
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Phone: 07 4688 6912
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Oh the possibilities are simply tempting!  If you’re a winery, restaurant, café, fresh farm producer, organic supplier, artist or floral designer and would like to be involved in this year’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, look no further than the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival.

With a strong line-up of musicians, entertainers, guest speakers and media partnerships to attract and involve patrons, the Festival provides a unique vehicle for retailers, producers, artists and manufacturers to engage with the general public.

Providing excellent exhibitor benefits including the opportunity to raise product awareness, the generation of immediate (and future) sales plus the benefit of the Festival’s associated public relations campaign, space at this year’s Festival will be in high demand!

Applications have closed for 2014, to register your interest for 2015 please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Carnival Ambassador Program

As an Ambassador, you will be a proud and enthusiastic champion of the Carnival and the greater Toowoomba region.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be Australian citizens aged over 18 years as at 30 June 2014.

Applicants must reside permanently in, or otherwise demonstrate a substantial connection to, the Region.

Do I need specific qualifications or achievements to apply?

Yes. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have made a contribution to the growth, prosperity and development of the Region as a destination of choice for residents and visitors alike.

When can I apply?

Applications open Friday 16 May and close Friday 27 June 2014.

What if I have a question?

If you need more information, feel free to call the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Office on (07) 4688 6661 or e-mail your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parade Participants

Now in its 66th year, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers continues to prosper and delight visitors and residents alike each Spring.

Marking the official commencement of the Carnival is the Floral Parade, proudly sponsored by Grand Central. The only fresh floral parade of its kind in Australia, it features floral floats, colourful characters, entertainers, local and visiting bands and other visual elements – this vibrant street celebration is not to be missed!


Float, Marching/Walking Group, Costume and Creative/Visual Entry, Carnival Character

Entry Categories


Corporate Floral Float

A visual display on a self-propelled float or towed by a vehicle entered by any commercial business decorated with 50% or more of fresh floral and living matter.

Community Floral Float

A visual display on a self-propelled float or towed by a vehicle entered by community-based clubs, associations or groups decorated with 50% or more fresh floral and living matter.  Evidence of group's Charitable Status or Incorporation must be included in the application. 

Visiting Float

Float entry from outside the immediate Toowoomba area entered by other festivals, cities, councils or countries. An element of fresh floral theming must be added to the float entry in the spirit of the event.

Marching / Walking Group

Open to community or corporate walking groups, precision marching groups and local, national or international groups attired in traditional dress or costume. Walking groups must incorporate fresh floral elements into their entry.  Due to the Parade size maximum 40 walkers per entry.

Creative or Visual Entry

Open to individuals or groups, entries in this category may use colour, innovative materials, creative theming and/or performance to create a distinct visual impact within the Parade.

Carnival Character

Open to costumed characters and mascots.  Entries in this category are encouraged to be entertaining, enthusiastic, colourful and must have plenty of personality.



Parade Theme

The Grand Central Floral Parade is well renowned for its fresh floral theme.  Parade floats and entries will incorporate fresh flowers into their design and theming.

Entry Criteria

To ensure the quality of the event, all entries need to be of a high standard and meet the entry criteria developed by the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group. 

All bands should present a performance that is fun and enjoyable.

Band entries should incorporate choreography and appropriately themed repertoire (where possible) to enhance the spirit of the Carnival.  Floral theming of attire and instruments is encouraged.

Application Assessment

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers office must receive all expressions of interest to perform by 5:00pm WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL 2014.  Entries after this date will be accepted at the sole discretion of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group.

As there are a limited number of spaces available for bands in this year's Parade, submitting an expression of interest does not mean automatic acceptance.  Upon receiving your fully completed form, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group will decide your eligibility.  Your acceptance will be determined by your entry description, supporting information and ability to meet the entry criteria and Parade conditions of entry.  All applications will be assessed and successful applicants notified by FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2013.  

If your entry is accepted, your parade instructions and an assembly area/parade route map will be forwarded to you in due course.

Grand Central Floral Parade Conditions of Entry

The following conditions of entry apply to all Grand Central Floral Parade Band entrants:

  • The Band, its members, employees, agents and invitees ("Band" or "entrant" or "entries") participate in the Parade at their own risk.
  • Bands must observe all applicable rules and regulations and follow all instructions from Police or Parade Officials.  The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group reserves the right to remove any entrant from the Parade that does not comply with the Parade Conditions of Entry.
  • All band entries are by invitation only and must be approved by the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group at its sole discretion.  Accepted entries will receive written notice.  Entries are encouraged to incorporate theming, as long as it is in good taste.
  • No children under the age of eight (8) will be allowed to walk in the Parade without prior approval from the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group.
  • Your assembly area and assembly time will be forwarded to you in a separate letter.
  • Material may not be handed out along the Parade route.  Distribution of candy, gifts, merchandise, literature or other material along the line is strictly prohibited.
  • Soliciting for money/donations is strictly prohibited.
  • Marching entries are permitted forward manoeuvres ONLY.  A spacing of 15 metres between each entry will be enforced.  All entries are required to close the gap between participants when asked by Parade Officials.
  • Parade participants may not mingle and must remain clear of Parade route spectators.
  • Floats and other entries advocating, opposing or depicting any political, religious or social issues are subject to approval by Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group or their representative.
  • Alcoholic beverages are strictly forbidden on any float, in any vehicle or on the person of any participant.  Participants consuming alcohol prior to or during the Parade will be removed from the line-up and will not be allowed to participate in the Parade.
  • No additional vehicles and/or persons (including, but not limited to cars, vans, scooters and marchers) will be allowed to accompany units, unless deemed essential by the Creative Team.
  • The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group or their representative reserves the right to withdraw any entry where costuming or performance does not meet parade conditions of entry or does not conform to the standards of reasonable public taste.
  • Entries that do not appear on Parade day without prior notification to the Carnival office, or do not comply with the conditions of entry, will jeopardise their future invitations to the Grand Central Floral Parade.
  • The Toowoomba Regional Council does not accept responsibility or liability for travel expenses, food or lodging of any entrant.  Refer to Fee & Expenses in the Expression of Interest form for clarification of what financial contribution participating bands may be eligible to receive.
  • The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group decision regarding all entries is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Community Funds

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Working Group will, at its discretion, award a limited number of grants of up to $1,000 each to not-for-profit organisations that participate in the Parade. These grants will be awarded to those applicants that can best demonstrate how the additional funds would improve and enhance their Parade entry and assist them to meet the Parade’s fresh floral criteria. Only those not-for-profit organisations that have completed this application will be considered for a grant.