Fans of Mary Poppins Can Fly Umbrellas and Sweep Chimneys at This Festival
Nestled on the Mary River, the town of Maryborough is the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the author of the famed series.
To celebrate, Maryborough has been hosting its Mary Poppins Festival for the last 10 years, and has even installed Mary Poppins-themed pedestrian lights this year that feature Poppins with her umbrella. The icon points down when the lights are red and up when the lights are green and she’s ready to fly.
The lights, which are located outside of the author’s birthplace on Richmond Street at the intersection of Kent and Richmond and Ken t and Bazaar streets, are in preparation for this year’s festivities, which will include everything from chimney sweeping challenges to nanny races and a Mary Poppins-themed morning tea.
Visitors are invited to enjoy theatrical performances like circus acts themed to Mary Poppins' stories, live music, and public art installations from June 23 through July 2.
Celebrations will include a Mary Poppins party, a boat cruise with sing-alongs to the film’s classic tunes, and children’s activities that include making and flying kites and painting umbrellas.
On July 1, the town’s riverside parks and streets will be adorned in a real-life version of Mary Poppins, with costume characters and themed activities that turn Travers’ fantasy world into reality.
The event is free to enter, and participants are welcome to wear their very own Mary Poppins getup for the festivities.