GPC s bringing back the bunny for Harbour Festival Parade.
GPC s bringing back the bunny for Harbour Festival Parade.

Blast from the past as GPC's bunny float returns to parade

A 52-YEAR-OLD, 4.3m long bunny has been pulled out of hibernation to celebrate the Gladstone Harbour Festival parade this Sunday.

After the recent announcement of the return of Gladstone Harbour Festival's Easter parade, Gladstone Port Corporation decided it was time to "bring back the bunny" to honour the popular community event and celebrate the rich history of the Port of Gladstone.

The bunny made its debut as part of GPC's float in the first Gladstone Harbour Festival in 1963 and featured in many more of the early festivals, but has not made an appearance in recent years.

Many hands volunteered to restore the bunny to its former glory.

GPC corporate and employee relations general manager Trina Schmidt said the team was looking forward to participating in the parade and reliving a part of GPC's history.

"It is fitting that as GPC celebrates its centenary this year we will bring to life an iconic symbol of GPC's history to celebrate the return of this important and much-loved community event," she said.

"Many people in Gladstone still remember the first Harbour Festival and can vividly recall GPC's bunny.

"Though it may look a little different this year, we are very pleased to be able to restore the bunny for the community to enjoy."

The new-look bunny has had a fresh coat of paint, a face lift, a new tail and the addition of some colourful accessories to reflect the carnival-inspired theme of this year's parade.

The Gladstone Harbour Festival parade will be held this Sunday, April 13 at 4pm.