Cairns Festival Botanic Gardens

Cairns Festival Parade

Cairns Ukulele Festival is inviting all ukulele players to join Cairns Festival 2016 Grand Parade by becoming a part of the ’World’s Largest Ukulele Marching Band’.

Nicky Bomba, Festival artist and Melbourne Ska Orchestra front man, will lead the band creating a colourful spectacle that will wind its way along the Cairns Esplanade from 5:30pm. With spectators gathering in their thousands, organisers are expecting 20,000 people will line the Esplanade to cheer on a creative collection of floats showcasing Cairns, its lifestyle and magical surroundings that define the community’s sense of place.

The ‘World’s Largest Ukulele Marching Band will exemplify the true Cairns spirit of colour, happy go lucky attitude, Tropicana, fun and inclusiveness.

To join in the fun you will need to meet us at Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday 27 August by 4pm.

Please bring your ukulele.

The songs we will play are listed below. Please note that once we have finished the last song on the list (When the Saints go Marching In), we will start at the beginning of the list again (Lion Sleeps Tonight). This will be repeated until we have completed the Parade route.

Click on the links below for chord charts:


Dress in tropical colours – wear your best Hawaiian shirt, don your fedoras, leis or grass skirts, get swingin’ in the rhythm as we proudly present the ‘World’s Largest Ukulele Marching Band’.

You’re welcome to just show up on the day, but we would love to know if you’re coming along and keep you in the loop! Please register below.


Ukulele Clubs performing during the Community Concert Day: your band leaders shall be contacted about timings and logistics and how to get organised with this and fit it in with your performances. 

Got questions? Please email or phone 07 4032 6656