MORE THAN 10,000 people are expected to flock to the streets of Surfers Paradise this Sunday for the return of the V8 Superfest Drivers Parade.
This year's parade will be almost twice as big as last year's inaugural event with more than 500 performers, 70 floats, and 31 V8 Supercar drivers.
From 2pm on Sunday 19 October, the Esplanade will be transformed into a carnival of colour, music and motorsport with close to 500 performers taking to the streets, alongside local celebrities, V8 Supercars drivers and giant inflatables, to celebrate one-week to the Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600.
This year's parade is almost twice as big as last year's with the addition of more floats, more drivers and a parade ambassador, performer Paulini, who will debut her new single to the crowd during the parade.
V8 Supercars' Chief Operating Officer Shane Howard said the parade was designed to get Gold Coasters in the mood for a week-long party as well as thank them for their ongoing support of the event.
"We kick off Superfest, our off-track entertainment program, tonight in Surfers Paradise and it will continue throughout the weekend with events all over the Gold Coast," he said.
"However, this parade is really a standout spectacle and - in many ways - a gift to the people of the Gold Coast to say thank you for letting us host this fabulous motorsport event in your backyard.
"I'm excited by how much the Parade has grown since last year and the increased involvement from the local community. It shows that locals really love the concept and are excited to be involved - both from a participation and an attendance perspective."
The parade will kick off from the corner of View Avenue and the Esplanade at 2pm. It will travel along the Esplanade, then turn right into Elkhorn, before heading down Surfers Paradise Boulevard and down Cavill Mall.
At the end of Cavill Mall, the parade will again head south along the Esplanade, before concluding at Laycock Street.
Commentary will be broadcast from the corner of the Esplanade and Elkhorn; Cavill Mall and the Esplanade; and Trickett Street and the Esplanade.
The parade will take approximately 40 minutes to pass by each point.
At the end of the parade the inflatables will be tethered to the ground on either Surfers Paradise Beach or the foreshore (weather dependent) for photos by the public.
"We recommend people arrive early to secure their vantage spot. Public transport is a great way to get to Surfers Paradise. And, with the weather predicted to be fine, don't forget a hat, sunscreen and water."
The parade is one of many off-track activities scheduled for event week.
For more information about the Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600, the V8 Superfest Drivers Parade, or other off-track events, please visit www.v8supercars.com.au or v8superfest.com.au
The Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600 will run from 24 to 26 October. Tickets are on-sale now via Ticketek at ticketek.com.au