Mullumbimby Music Festival ends with a bang
MULLUMBIMBY was awash with colour this morning as the community paraded through the main street on the final day of the Mullum Music Festival.
Festival Director Glenn Wright said the parade was inspired by the New Orleans music scene and our region's musicians convincingly brought a little bit of the Deep South to Mullum with suited brass players and drummers heading the event.
However, New Orleans came to Mullum in true Northern Rivers style with dancers, activists and dogs mixed into the mass of people that moved through the town.
Festival-goers completed the parade at the Civic Centre and were encouraged to take a ride on a brightly painted double decker bus which toured the sites of Mullum.
While, the musicians who took part had something else on their agenda: a three hour drumming improvisation session with Northern Rivers legend Greg Sheehan.
Brunswick Heads woman Gina Lakosta and her friends participated in the parade with clap sticks and a drumming cart they made especially for the event from local wood and cow skins
Ms Lakosta said she was thrilled to be amongst the "street vibe" which brought the community together.
"Music is a universal language and it breathes life into the town," she said.
And, Ms Lakosta's wishes for the day seemed to come true with many spectators joining the parade themselves.
In fact, very few who had come out to watch remained standing on the side lines, being encouraged to dance by those moving through the street.
Maurizio Viani and his family watch the parade each year and they weren't disappointed by this year's spread.
"We love the costumes," Mr Viani's son Fu said, adding he was looking forward to taking a ride on the bus and seeing the band Potato Potato.
Another mover and shaker enjoying the festivities was Kevin O'Brien from Mullumbimby.
He said it was his first time at the Mullum Music Festival but thought it was a great initiative for the town.
"The whole thing is great and the way the money is distributed through the town is terrific," Mr O'Brien said.