Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the popular event, which celebrates the annual migration of the humpback whales through Hervey Bay.
Festivities kick off at 4.00pm and the Illumination Parade starts at 6.30pm.The parade features community groups, businesses, families and individuals carrying lanterns through the streets in the towns moving annual tradition.
The parade will eventually find its way to the Seafront Oval where the day will culminate with the Illumination Concert.
Acts will include Ella Hooper, three piece Brisbane band Faleepo FrancisCo and runner up of the Hervey Bay Unplugged Competition 2015, Derek F. Smith.
Fraser Coast Opportunities General Manager Leigh Bennett said the annual event had become a popular tradition for the community.
“The Illumination Lantern Parade and Concert is a wonderful example of why Hervey Bay is a great place to live, work and play, and members of the community along with our visitors really embrace the event each year,” he said.
Events Councillor Darren Everard said the event had become a popular tradition and the theme of this year’s parade is ‘Celebrate the Sea’.
“As residents of Hervey Bay, we are fortunate to be living in one of the most beautiful seaside locations in Queensland,” he said.
“We have a wonderful connection with the ocean and marine life and I hope to see some amazing marine inspired lanterns on display this year!”
Prizes are on offer for those with the most creative lanterns in this year’s Illumination Parade. Prize categories include the best lanterns made by a commercial business, school group, community group and the lantern that best fits the eco illumination theme. First prize starts at $350 for each category.
For all the information on the festival visit herveybaywhalefestival.com.au.