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We would like to especially acknowledge the Riverland community for their enthusiastic support of the February 2020 Loxton 63rd Mardi Gras. We were pleased to be able to stage such a successful and popular event and, in the process, show the community’s appreciation with a sizeable donation to heroic fire fighters in the wake of last summer’s bushfires.
We look forward to continued community support during the 64th event next February. Our theme will be ‘Nature’ so everyone can let their creativity shine with a parade float.
Due to the smaller amount of funds raised this year and the Covid 19 situation, it has been decided that applications for community projects will not happen at this time. Our modest residual funds from this year will be rolled over to 2021.
The Loxton Mardi Gras 2020 AGM will be held on Thursday June 25 at the Loxton Club at 7:30pm, subject to the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions. Anyone wishing to attend should call Liz on 0418 803 650 to confirm their attendance so we can manage numbers in accordance with safety recommendations.
We look forward to strong community participation as we continue this long standing family festival into the future.
Thank you one and all.
The 2020 Loxton Mardi Gras Community Ambassador was Nicole Langford sponsored by the Loxton Club.
Melissa Blythman sponsored by the Rotary Club of Loxton was named the 2020 Charity Ambassador.
Ray Edwards who was sponsored by the Friends of Mill Corner is our 2020 Senior Ambassador.
Amelie Arnold sponsored by Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin was named the 2020 Junior Ambassador representative.
A huge congratulations and thank you to all our 2020 Ambassadors and their sponsors.
The Loxton News Shop Window Competition winner was Little Vibes. A big thank you to the shops that decorated their windows to the "Play" theme.
The Parade float competition winners were:
Best overall float $500 donated by Tankard Dental Riverland: Loxton Lutheran School
Best Ambassador float $250 donated by Directional Finance & The Bill Ebert Family: Matthew Puckey sponsored by Rosie Clark Dance Studios
Best themed float $250 donated by Loxton Health Centre: Loxton Primary School
Best School float $250 donated by Riverland & Mallee Conveyancers P/L: Loxton Lutheran School
Most humorous float $250 donated by Altschwager Family Funerals: Loxton Ladies Probus
Best Rural Community Float $250 donated by Ronco Motors: Ray Edwards
The parade consisted of about 60 floats which were preceded by 29 Vintage and Classic vehicles making for a wonderful atmosphere. Also featured in the parade were vehicles honouring the founding fathers and first farming families of Loxton. 2020 is the 125th anniversary of the founding of Loxton.
Special efforts were made to honour the Emergency Services dedicated to helping and protecting our Community this year with over $4,000 being raised for the Country Fire Service Volunteer Association.
8.30am East Terrace Rotunda
Honouring World War II SA Military Nurse Matron Irene Drummond, 2020 Mardi Gras Flag Bearers Eric & Lois Rathjen. Funds were also presented to the CFS Volunteer Association
2020 Ambassador Entrants & Sponsors
Nicole Langford-Loxton Club
Bec McDonald-Collins Industrial Distributors
Melissa Blythman -Rotary Club of Loxton
Ray Edwards -Friends of Mill Corner Historical Precinct
Amelie Arnold-Natural Resources SA Murray Darling Basin
Sav Perre-Loxton United Soccer Club
Ebony Strother-MGE Industrial Cleaning Supplies
Sophie Summers-Bohdi & Rose Hair & Body Boutique
Matthew Puckey-Rosie Clark Dance Studio's
Loxton Mardi Gras Committee will be holding a fundraising event at the Alawoona Hall on Saturday 14th November 2020.
If you like wood fired pizza followed by strawberries and icecream, combined with music and a fun time save the date!!
More details at a later date.
Feedback and comments
Loxton 63rd Mardi Gras 2020 took place Saturday in Loxton with a street parade. Have to hand it to Loxton, when they put on a parade, they PUT ON a parade with it being a real community event. If you have never seen or been to the Loxton Mardi Gras, put it on your calendar for 2021. GS
Thanks for a great market site at the Mardi Gras. Being under the trees and on the lawn was fantastic.
Hope it was a successful day for you, as it was for me.
Cheers and thanks J M