Mary Poppins Festival returns to Maryborough after COVID pandemonium
Uncontrollable nannies going wild, chimney sweeps kicking the streets, spoonfuls of sugar for all, the Mary Poppins Festival is back.
- The Mary Poppins Festival runs Thursday August 26 through Sunday August 29 in Maryborough, the hometown of author PL Travers
- Four-day festival includes a nanny race, chimney sweep challenge and a grand parade
- COVID safe practices aim to keep the public safe during the festival
The historic town of Maryborough in south-eastern Queensland is the birthplace of Mary Poppins designer Pamela Lyndon Travers, known as PL Travers.
Each year, the city honors the author and his beloved character with a four-day celebration of arts and culture.
The festival, which usually takes place in July, was canceled last year due to the pandemic and was delayed this year due to a recent COVID outbreak in Brisbane.
But, starting tomorrow, the magic of Mary Poppins will sparkle again on Maryborough as a more streamlined event unfolds, with additional security measures in place to protect visitors to the city.
Event director McKenzie Corbett of Fraser Coast Tourism and Events believes the festival will bring a much needed touch of joy to the community.
“You’re still going to see a lot of your favorites like your Nanny Race and the Chimney Sweep Challenge and the Grand Parade.
“It still has the elements you are looking for in the Mary Poppins Festival.”
Turn a day at the park into a long weekend
The main day of the event is Day in the Park which turns the city into a giant cultural theme park, with locals dressing up in character.
A former bank, the birthplace of PL Travers, has recently been transformed into a multimedia museum and will host activities within the framework of the festival.
Ms Corbett said she hopes festival-goers extend their stay in the city to explore other Maryborough attractions.
“There is so much to do – we have mural trails, the military promenade, the military museum and the open gardens.”
And although Ms Corbett admits that organizing an event during a global pandemic has been a challenge, she says it has also helped organizers adapt and develop creative strategies.
“It’s been a big learning curve for all of us,” she said.
“We were able to explore things that we had never explored before.”
It sounds exactly like the kind of adventurous spirit Mary Poppins would approve of.