Pako Festa 2019

Vicki PerrettNews

Pako Festa 2019 saw over 100,000 people getting together to embrace and celebrate our fantastic ethnic diversity on a perfect summers day!  The Great Pako Festa Parade was alive with colour, music and movement with nearly 70 entries parading along Pakington Street.  Congratulations to Diversitat and the broader Geelong community for yet again showing that multiculturalism is alive and well and living in Geelong!

Geelong Sustainability enjoys being part of Pako Festa as it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to take our messages to lots of new people.  Our War on Waste and #RecycleRight messages were well received despite and/or because of the current recycling crisis.  

The highlight of our parade entry was our upcycled repurposed percussion junk band, which was accompanied by waste fairies, litter heroes, costumed characters and banner bearers.  Together they had the crowd bopping along to the catchy message – Think about what we all can do!


This year our exhibit was in West Park amidst loads of action. Over the day, we distributed hundreds of Reduce-Recycle flyers and other information and gathered 260 signatures for our container deposit scheme petition, which we'll submit to Council soon. Families enjoyed playing the #RecycleRight game and were rewarded with a virtual reality swim with seals using footage supplied by Streamline Media.


We greatly appreciate the passionate support of over forty volunteers who got into the spirit of the day. In particular, special thanks goes to:

  • Vivienne Burke who again performed the considerable task of organising our parade and exhibit
  • Musical directors Dani Roca and Adam Burke
  • John Pearce who was king of the kids on the recycling game and produced this parade video;

We also wish to acknowledge our partners and supporters: