In recent years the Mount Isa Mardi Gras Parade has been lacking artistic direction, with most floats being hastily put together on the afternoon before. During concept development of the project the community expressed a need for the parade to be ‘more than just blokes on trucks with stubbies'.
In the two years leading to the year of the OutBack we also decided there was a need for more regional involvement in the parade, and a need for a wider diversity of the population to be involved. Artists worked with community groups from Boulia (300km to the SW) Urandangie, Camooweal, Cloncurry, and Mount Isa to build artistic creations, to help show case the region and create a parade more indicative of the diversity of our communities.
The Cloncurry Merry Muster (Rodeo) also have a parade and so this was also included in the project.