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Our club is proud to announce that the theme for the 2023 Bang Tail Muster parade is "Imagine".
In the words of Rotary International President Jennifer Jones, “Imagine, a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.”
This year's organiser Rotarian Eli Melky (see below for contact details).
The Rotary Club of Alice Springs acknowledges the ongoing generous support of Yeperenye Shopping Centre and the Alice Springs Town Council.
Best in Parade 2022: Rona Glynn School
Best Preschool/School 2022: Braitling Preschool
Best Community Organisation 2022: Girl Guides Alice Springs
Best Sporting Group 2022: Studio B School of Dance

A Short History of the Bangtail Muster – Alice Springs

The first Bangtail Muster Parade was held in March 1959. Then District Officer Bill Nordavan suggested the idea, and together with Frank King, local furniture store owner appointed as chairman, the event was run by the Chamber of Commerce aided by a pound for pound subsidy from the Minister of Territories. The parade was along Todd Street, similar to the same route used today.
So successful was the parade that it became an annual event with the then newly – chartered Rotary Club of Alice Springs taking over the running of the Bangtail Muster parade with associated events, as a project in 1961.
The Rotary Club of Alice Springs acknowledges the wonderful support of our local community in supporting the annual Bangtail Muster Parade. To those who helped in the preparation of the previous parade, to those who participated, and to the public who came out in their thousands each year to watch the parade we say thank you, all of you are such an important part of our community.
If you would like further information on The Bangtail Muster Parade please contact the 2023 parade coordinator: Eli Melky (, (mob.) 0427 012 699 )
Rotary Club of Alice Springs
PO Box 1756
Alice Springs NT 0871
Acknowledgement is given that some historical information was sourced from Shirley Brown’s book, “My Alice”.