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You Can’t Rain On Our Parade


Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his father's publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry.        

Come one, come all and be part of an iconic and historic Melbourne Fringe event this weekend with the return of the Fringe Parade & Lygon St Block Party. Buckle in, this enews is a big one, but not as big as the day is gonna be! Come cheer on the artists of Melbourne as they take to the streets for this glorious parade and march for the arts. Epic floats, roving performances and two live stages set the scene for a day of full Fringe frivolity.

. Our FAQs page has got your questions and queries covered, while all the set times, event info and a site map are available here. It’s going to be rebellious, ridiculous, and really, really big – don’t miss it!

If you’re after the TLDR, here’s what the day looks like:

2PM Waiters Race begins!

3PM Parade begins!

4 – 7PM Grattan St Stage

4 – 10PM Argyle Square stage (including headliners Cookin’ on 3 Burners!)

10PM – late Official After Party at CLUB FRINGE, Festival Hub @ Trades Hall


You’ve marched in the Parade, you’ve boogied at the Block Party – now kick on with Mr McClelland at the official Parade afterparty at Festival Hub, Trades Hall. Keep the party going and join us for a line-up of all-star DJs taking over CLUB FRINGE, spinning tunes in two rooms from sun-down til sun-back-up-again. See you under the disco ball!


Lygon St legends have a whole heap of extra fun stuff happening on the day – why not yeet from the street on Saturday into a late-night showing at Cinema Nova with their new Retro/Selective series? Or after the parade you can continue your day of culture by grabbing either a Text Classic tote bag or A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan with any purchase at Readings Carlton on Parade day. Just mention the Fringe Parade or Block Party to get your freebies! (While stocks last).

Three actors stand in a triangle formation making direct eye contact with the viewer. Their arms are entangled around each other; it is not entirely clear whose arm is whose. Their expressions are wry, stoic, and determined. They wear identical pink satin button-up pyjama shits. Each actor wears their brown hair in a slick bun.

Catch one of these cracking new shows starting as early as this weekend. See Ibsen transformed into a three-way live art endurance sport with
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at La Mama Courthouse, or enjoy a magic smackdown with a stellar line-up at HEADLINERS of Magic.
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Seen a Fringe show that tickled your fancy? Let us know with Crowd Pleasers – leave a compliment on the event webpage of the show, and maybe someone else will have their best Fringe experience yet thanks to your event-selecting prowess. PLUS the event with the most comments will be declared a winner, baby!


Six people lined up diagonally behind each other in front of a pink and yellow background. The figure at the front is a blond Caucasian woman with shoulder length hair. She is wearing a white turtleneck under a white open collared shirt and a white sailors captain hat with yellow embellishments and a black peak. The figure behind her is an Asian woman with long dark hair. She is wearing a long sleeved white shirt, a royal blue neck scarf with yellow and orange details. The figure behind her is a Caucasian man with short hair and light stubble. He is wearing a white T Shirt with a grey scarf, clear glasses, a black beanie and a black earring on his left ear. The figure behind him is a Pakistani man with dark short cropped hair and a short sculpted beard. He is wearing a white collared shirt with the top few buttons undone and the sleeves rolled up to his elbow. The figure behind him is a clean shaven, white man with short cropped hair. He is wearing a white T shirt and a red and black sailors cap. The last figure behind him is a clean shaven indigenous man. He is wearing a black beanie and a white collared shirt with the top few buttons undone and sleeves rolled up to his elbow.

After you’ve cheered your voice hoarse at the Parade, rest your weary feet at one of these must-close-this-weekend-shows. Love’s under the microscope in Sophie McCrae’s A few things that happened on the way to now, while Melbourne’s multi-award winning cult choir sea shanty sensation sail again in Seamen! The Sea Shanty Spectacular.
Dolly Parton looks off into the distance. Behind her are a disco ball and sound desk controller. The image is framed by a glowing neon square, and the words 'Club Fringe' in the shape of an eye sits in the bottom corner.
CLUB FRINGE is the all-night art party that never stops. Tonight Backwoods Barbie celebrates the OG Queen of Country Dolly Parton in a night of dance, lipsyncing and big ol’ wigs. Then Fringe as F**k serves up a night of 100% Fringe freakery from all your Fringe faves.
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