The Beenleigh Cane Parade & Gala Ball will be back but not until 2023 in a statement released by the Rotary Club of Beenleigh.
The parade and ball returned to the City of Logan in 2021 after a long hiatus with the two events supported strongly by the community.
Over $16,000 was raised across the two events in October 2021, and in conjunction with Quota Beenleigh and Soroptimist International Beenleigh saw the creation of Sugar Sweet Stories, youth literacy project for a historical picture book based on Beenleigh, for the children of the area.
“After much consultation with stakeholders, and the local Cane Farming industry – the Rotary Club of Beenleigh came to the realisation that holding these events in October, mid-cane harvest season, was not sustainable for supporting the greatest purpose of the event – bringing our community together to celebrate first and foremost our heritage, along with our current community spirit and our future,” read the statement.
“As such a decision was made and supported by key stakeholders to move the events across two weekends in May.
“Moving forward, and in a permanent fixture for the future planning, the Beenleigh Cane Parade will be held on the second Saturday in May, with the Beenleigh Cane Gala Ball held on the third Saturday in May.
“It is hoped that this new format will allow for growth of the events in years to come to eventually become a larger festival.”
With the event having only happened seven months prior to the new decided dates, the Rotary Club of Beenleigh decided to not hold the parade this year however will be holding the Beenleigh Cane Gala Ball and official launch of the first Sugar Sweet Stories book on October 15th, 2022, at the Beenleigh Events Centre.
“These events are entirely organised, and run by a group of dedicated volunteers, and the Rotary Club of Beenleigh would like to thank each and every volunteer who gives their time and energy into bringing this event forward for our community to enjoy,” the statement finished.
Photo from Rotary Club Beenleigh Facebook page and statement.