Thousands of locals and travellers have hit the streets of Melbourne in order to watch the city’s Australia Day parade.

Travellers who took flights to Melbourne recently could be among the thousands of people who have been enjoying the fantastic sights of the Australia Day celebrations in the city.

Taking place today (January 26th 2012), a range of events have been held across Melbourne.

However, the most popular is the street parade, with people from across the city’s diverse population turning out to take part in the showcase.

The day began with an official flag raising ceremony which took place outside Melbourne Town Hall and was followed by the parade, with people in the crowd waving flags.

Floats taking part included themes as diverse as Chinese dancers and a Victorian Police pipe band, through to rollerskaters and inflatable kangaroos.

Some people who took flights to Melbourne could be planning to make it a long weekend of parties, as the city’s leg of the Big Day Out festival is set to arrive in the city on January 29th.

Written by Erin Marshall

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