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Deakin participants in Pako Festa parade

14 January 2020

March with Deakin in the 2020 Pako Festa Parade!

Do you want to represent Deakin at Australia’s largest free multicultural event, and celebrate ethnic diversity, acceptance and harmony?

The annual Pako Festa, held in Geelong West’s iconic Pakington Street, is a carnival of delicious cultural food, traditional dancing, music, activities, entertainment and fun. First held in 1983, last year’s event attracted over 100,000 spectators and featured approximately 5000 participants from 39 diverse communities.

With a theme of Elements of Culture, focusing on cultural food, traditional costumes and folkloric dance and music, this year’s event will be bigger and brighter than ever!

The highlight of this iconic street party is the Pako Festa Parade, in which cultural groups, performers, schools, businesses and other organisations walk down Pakington Street. As a proud sponsor of Pako Festa, Deakin invites students, staff and alumni to join us in the march!

We encourage you to wear traditional cultural dress that showcases your community – or we can also provide you with a graduation gown or Deakin t-shirt to wear.

Sounds great – count me in!

When: Saturday 29 February 2020, 10am–12pm

Where: The meeting point is 70 Pakington St, on the corner of Pakington Street and Waterloo Street, Geelong West.

Please register by Friday 21 February – and there are only 50 spots available, so get in quick!

The entire parade route will take about one hour to complete, so please only register if you have the necessary physical stamina and wellbeing.

You’ll also receive a free food voucher to enjoy at one of the many food stalls.

For more information, visit the Pako Festa website.

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