Thousands turned out along the route of the annual Bangtail Muster parade this morning. Showers overnight and grey skies could not keep spectators away, nor the scores of community groups who took part.
The parade’s cattle industry roots are a matter of memory now. Its coincidence with the labour traditions of May Day can still be seen. But more than anything it has become a celebration of community life – of many of the ways people organise themselves to bring services and enjoyment to those around them, especially the young.
It’s a chance to dress up, whether in fantasy costume or the garb of different cultural traditions.
It wouldn’t be Alice Springs without the display of machines on wheels of every order.
And it wouldn’t be a Bangtail Muster these days without the pre-schoolers.
– Kieran Finnane