Iconic parade returns for Melbourne Fringe’s 40th anniversary

Last held in 2001, the Fringe Parade & Lygon St Block Party will be held in Carlton in October.

Last held in 2001, the much-mythologised Melbourne Fringe parade and street party returns to Melbourne’s inner city on Saturday 15 October, after an absence of over 20 years.

The return of the parade and party, which was first staged in 1984, will be central to celebrating the 40th anniversary of Melbourne Fringe.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts