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Let’s have a parade!

Today is the May Day public holiday here in the Territory (you have to have a long weekend) and for Alice Springs this morning that means it’s time for a grand parade!

I suspect the Rotary Club’s Bangtail Muster Parade is the longest running parade or event in Alice Springs.  It’s been held since 1959, each year with a different theme. This year’s theme is “Linking Communities”. My first viewing of this fun parade was the Water themed one in 2005.

You join the spectators standing along Gap Road, Todd Street or Todd Mall and watch the parade & floats march by. The police close the roads for the duration.

But why and what is a bang tail?

When you’re mustering cattle you need to keep tally each year. So all the mustered cattle have the hairy end part of their tails cut off. They grow back slowly so it’s a good way for those doing the muster to quickly see which cattle have previously been rounded up.

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  1. May 3, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Somone told me that they banged the tails because of the innumeracy of the people doing the mustering? Myth?

    • May 3, 2010 at 4:41 am

      I suspect there may be some truth to that idea.

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