The Sunshine Coast celebrated Easter Sunday 2013 in style, with the Ocean Street World Festival drawing in thousands to spend the day.
The festival kicked off at 10am with live music, market stalls and rides galore. Food stalls were a hit, with any shade to protect from the searing sun being occupied by hungry families and pets alike.
One of many organisers, Rob Sharkey, said the festival attracted many more people than previously.
“Last year we saw around 8000 people, this year we’re estimating we’ve got between 12 and 15 thousand,” he said.
One thing that was causing some concern was weather warnings from Saturday night, which were predicting heavy rain and storms for the day.
“We weren’t too worried, the main stage is under a marquee this year so that was going to be okay,” he said
“We’re all pretty really good people so we’ve got this big karma bank that owes us.”
Karen Lloyd ran one of the brightest stalls of the day, Kazko Kreations, which specializes in tie-dyed clothes and accessories.
Ms Lloyd said the atmosphere was incredible.
“Everyone is so happy, just enjoying the music and the food and looking around, we’ve been flat out here which is great,” she said.
“This is the first time we’ve been at this festival and it’s fabulous, I really hope it happens again next year so we can come back.”
Live music at various locations down the street kept the day going, with local artists enjoying the opportunity to perform. Cultural groups were a hit, with a Pacific Island Dance Group performing on the main stage and also New World Rhythm performing on the acoustic stage, sharing their unique African harmonies.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson was there to enjoy the day and he said the day was proving to be a success.
“It’s a really good example of the diversity of the Sunshine Coast, we have a very vibrant entertainment and arts community,” he said.
“I think it’s wonderful that people take the opportunity to come along and really make the most of it.”
Balloon animals from Be Amazed Entertainment were popular, with Miss Donna the clown and her friend Miss Tiffany providing spiders, ladybugs and every other creature imaginable.
Miss Donna said the event was incredible.
“The atmosphere here is just insane, everyone is on holidays so they’re all just having fun and the kids are having an absolute ball,” she said.
“We’ll be here until it goes quiet or we run out of balloons, we’ve been so busy!”
The most popular balloon of the day was the mermaid, made with red ‘hair’ to look like Ariel from the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid.
The day was a big success, with celebrations continuing at the Solbar after the festival wrapped up at 6pm.