On Monday the race that stops a nation will bring the city of Melbourne to a standstill with the Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade as it makes its way down Swanston Street to Federation Square between 12pm – 2pm.
Tens of thousands will line the streets to watch the iconic Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade, featuring the race’s trainers and jockeys, travel through Melbourne’s central thoroughfare. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and VRC Chairman Michael Burn will carry the $175,000 18 carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup, to be presented to the winning owneron Tuesday.
Flemington’s Myer Fashions on the Field will add plenty of style to proceedings, featuring this year’s State Finalists, Ambassador Stephanie Smith, and MC Donny Galella.
Flemington Ambassador Georgia Connolly, Rio Olympics modern pentathlon gold medallist Chloe Esposito, and 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup national anthem singer Dami Im will also take part in the parade.
Living legends, both equine and human, will be honoured with Might And Power, Brew, Rogan Josh, Paris Lane, Efficient and Maluckyday joining Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Ambassadors, who have accompanied the Cup on its 34 destination journey around Australia and New Zealand.
Pin & Win charity partner Starlight Children’s Foundation CEO Louise Baxter and Captain Starlight will encourage fans to purchase an Emirates Melbourne Cup lapel pin to enter the draw to win incredible prizes including a Lexus NX 200t AWD F Sport and one million Emirates Skywards Miles.
Participants will be swept down Swanston Street in a sea of colour, featuring the Mansfield High Country Horsemen, primary school children dressed in jockey silks, Emirates cabin crew, and a host of dancers and musical performers.
At Federation Square, there will be photo opportunities with the Emirates Melbourne Cup at the Starlight Marquee for a gold coin donation, while Captain Starlight and the Phar Lap Club mascot will also be available for photos with the giant Emirates Melbourne Cup.
At the end of the Parade, the Minister for Racing, the Hon Martin Pakula will speak to the importance of the Emirates Melbourne Cup to Victoria and the Emirates Melbourne Cup jockeys and trainers will give their thoughts at the official media conference ahead ofTuesday’s big race.
More than 100,000 racegoers are expected at Flemington on Tuesday for the $6.2 million Emirates Melbourne Cup, the world’s richest handicap race.
Tickets for the Melbourne Cup Carnival are still available for purchase from Federation Square ticket booth, Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations or racegoers can jump the queues and buy online from Ticketek on mobile phones to scan at the turnstiles.