The theme for this year's Tropical Fruit's Parade is Superfreaks and will make use of multiple umbrellas carried down the main street of Lismore.
The theme for this year's Tropical Fruit's Parade is Superfreaks and will make use of multiple umbrellas carried down the main street of Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

Superfreaks parade in Lismore streets

SUPERFREAKS is this year's Tropical Fruits theme, as the GLBTI event celebrates its 27th year with the street parade today.

The parade marks the official launch of festivities, with legendary actor, writer, stage performer and advocate Alan Cumming playing special guest.

The parade will be led by the region's most highly regarded queens, Destiny Haz Arrived, Maude Boate and Saphira Von Wilde, with Mayor Jenny Dowell and Mr Cumming to kick off an opening soiree of entertainment at the Lismore City Hall.

The parade will start at the Winsome Hotel at 4pm for a 4.30pm start. The route goes left over the bridge, down Molesworth St to the corner of Bounty St and ends at the Lismore City Hall.

More than 100 people are expected to take part in the parade, with many more onlookers, adding to the 5000 expected over four days.

The Lismore Regional Gallery's special Maude Boate exhibition, Maudville, will be open for an hour from 4pm to 5pm to coincide with the parade.

The creation of Michael Gates, Ms Maude has been the ultimate model whose incredible costumes range from the glamorous to the humorous. She is the queen of Lismore drag queens and one of the city's true local icons.

The exhibition is showing from December 5 to January 30 but has been closed from December 22 to January 2 for Christmas and New Year.



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