Posted by: iamlillian | January 28, 2010

Australia Day in the city

Australia Day in the City

Australia Day in the City is South Australia’s major Australia Day celebration, presented by the Australia Day Council of SA & Adelaide City Council.



The Lord Mayor Michael Harbison said Australia Day in the City for 2010 would be bigger and better than ever, with a jam-packed schedule including the Annual Street Parade, fireworks and free family concert.

“In 2010, Australia Day in the City will move to a late afternoon and early evening format. This should encourage even more families to get down for some free live entertainment.

“Adelaide City Council is very proud to be hosting the State’s major celebration of Australia Day in the City. Elder Park will be the place for all South Australian’s to come together and celebrate our day of Australian pride,” the Lord Mayor said.

Australia Day Council Executive Officer, Matthew Miles said the change to a twilight format will make it much more comfortable for all involved.

“We expect more than 20,000 people to join us in Elder Park for the fireworks and concert,” he said.

The Commonwealth Bank have injected thirty thousand dollars to support  this event with a spectacular fireworks display.

For 2010 the timing of this event has changed from its traditional morning and middle of the day to now being a late afternoon and evening event. This change has been made so the event avoids the midday heat and should be more family-friendly.

Australia Day in the City kicked off with the 3000 person Australia Day Parade – winding its way through the City streets. The Parade started at Hindmarsh Square and winded its way through Pulteney Street, along North Terrace and into King William Road and into Elder Park.

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It was a spectacular evening as we joined the crowds at Elder Park on Australia Day. We packed our green bags with mats, water & fingerfood, slip-slap-slop on some sunscreen and off we went at 5pm hoping to find ourselves a good spot for picnicking. Thank God we found a carpark just across the park, without much driving around searching for it. God is Good. All the times.

Thank God i have 2 gigantic umbrellas kept in my car. It was quite hot and sunny, so we were hiding under the shades, waiting for 7pm.

Soon, the parade came to an end at Elder Park and the night began with Aboriginal dances and performances. Awards were given to the Best Costume Team, Best Music team & Most Creative team of the parade. Clearly lots of effort has been contributed.

 Jazz performance by Carl Riseley, James Morrison & a band of talented musicians was setting the right atmosphere as the sun set for the day. Carl also sang the Australia Anthem as we all stood facing the Australia flag.

Vanessa Amorosi totally rocked. Awesome performance. Great powerful vocal. Her band rocked hard too!

if you watch carefully you’ll spot a head bouncing up and down. My friend and i joined the crowds in hand-waving when she sang  Shine, then jumping up and down, clapping our hands and cheering on with the crowds when she sang her rock songs…the effect of magnetic power of rock music, the loud bass making the hearts go thudding… People were pumped with adrenaline rush; a bunch of teens were dancing away beside us, invading our personal spaces… 😛 last thing we want was someone got hit/stepped on someone’s foot. 😛

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

~Red Auerbach~

Right at 10pm, spectacular fireworks shooting into the night sky from across the Torrens River, together with songs from Aussie singers like Guy Sebastian, Kylie Minogue, John Farnham, Jet, etc playing from MIX 102.3 fm.

and we left for home all pumped energized and refreshed. yea…


was contemplating whether to go to Guy Sebastian’s upcoming concert on 13th Feb at Entertainment Center in Adelaide… but now decided not too. It’s Chinese New Year’s eve and we’ll be having dinner at home.

was tempted thou, when i saw there’s $20 discount on tickets on Ticketek website. oh well…

His latest album is really fun to listen to. Very nicely compiled. Like it like that. oh yea. One of the songs became a hit on radio lately, ‘Art of Love’ featuring Jordin Sparks.  i’ve post an entry some time ago on the story of how i got this great album from my patient. worth checking his album out…


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