Festival organisers confirm Monday events will go ahead

UPDATE 12.50PM: Gladstone Festivals and Events organisers have confirmed Gladstone Harbour Festival events will go ahead today after heavy rain caused a shaky start to Sunday's planned opening.

A Facebook post informed Gladstone revellers the Festival Mardi Gras would kick off at 6pm at the Marina Plaza as planned.

Manic Monday night, with free music by The Corporates, will begin at 6.30pm, and the food court live entertainment, featuring Nathan Bedford, also9 will be on from 6.30pm.

Organisers have advised those attending to take a tarp if they plan to sit on the ground, and not to wear heels because the earth is soggy.

EARLIER: Gladstone Harbour Festival organisers are optimistic bad weather will clear and the festival will be on today.

"We are looking to reschedule the street parade to Good Friday," Gladstone Festivals and Events' Angie Bettridge said.

"We're doing everything we can but it is dependent on the weather and also whether we can get everything else to line up."

>> Cancelled harbour festival parade reschuduled for Friday

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum's Di Paddick said the organisers did the right thing by cancelling the event.

The moved resulted from expert advice and prioritising public safety.

"If there was any way possible for the street parade to be rescheduled, I'm certain the community would join forces and be very supportive as the parade has been an iconic feature of the Gladstone Harbour Festival for decades," she said.

"(It's) something the organisers, volunteers and wider community are very proud of."

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Tristan Stevens is one of dozens of up-and-coming musicians, dancers and comedians planning to participate in GLNG and Zinc FM's Talent Quest, tomorrow.

The 27-year-old pop-opera and jazz singer hoped the event would go ahead.

"I'm looking forward to being able to share something I enjoy with other people," he said.

"It's not very often I get to sing in public since I finished school and university - it's an opportunity for me to do something I really love."

The competition will see 10 entrants in each of the junior and senior categories, and is open to singers, dancers and comedians.

"The purpose of it is to see whether there's any undiscovered talent in Gladstone."

The queen quest and cocktail party are planned for Wednesday night.