The Caribbean Community in Victoria
It was 1975 when the people of the Caribbean first took part in the Moomba Parade, jumping up in simple costumes to the music of the touring Amral Cavaliers’ Steelband on a Float.
Since then, we have been in Moomba Parades over a six year period. As Melbourne Masqueraders , Roger and Robyn Phillips with the help of the Caribbean Community have brought spectacular glimpses of Trinidad Carnival to the Moomba Parade.
Each year the group developed new themes and different colourful costumes were manufactured.
In 1995 we presented The Great Barrier Reef with bright and beautifully flowing costumes depicting all aspects of the Reef.
In 1996 our presentation of Melbourne’s 4 Seasons was spectacular and televised world-wide in a documentary on the Discovery Chanel. We won Best Costume and Best Music in a float
of steelband music mixed with brass instruments. The Herald Sun Arts & Entertainment section front page headlined “Calypso Caravan - move over Trinidad; Moomba’s where it’s at.”
Moomba at Night
In 1997 Moomba at Night was trialled and we presented Arabian Nights with its colourful Middle Eastern richness. We were Highly Commended for this entry.
In 1998 it was a View from Mars with oversized head pieces. The use of Fluoro tubing made this an extraordinary entry in the Parade, for which we were awarded Best Overall Presentation.
In 1999 our tantalizing tribal Jungle Fever masqueraders hit the streets of Melbourne in the last of the Night Parades.
In 2008 the happy band of Pirates of the Caribbean were plundering the streets of Melbourne in the first Caribbean Association of Victoria - CaribVic’s - entry in the Parade.
This year, in the 60th Anniversary of the Moomba Parade, CaribVic congratulates the Moomba Team for their tremendous efforts over the years as we bring Caribbean Fever to the people of Melbourne. Accompanied by the Marysville Pans on Fire Steel Band ensemble, we will bring vibrancy to the Parade that will be remembered by all.