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Waterskiing events at Moomba
Genre Carnival
Begins Labour day long weekend (second Monday in March)
Frequency annual
Location(s) Melbourne, Australia
Years active 65
Inaugurated 1955
Attendance 1.7 million (record - 1996)
Organised by City of Melbourne

Moomba (also known as the Moomba Festival) is held annually in Melbourne, Australia. Run by the City of Melbourne, it is Australia's largest free community festival. The Melbournian tradition is celebrated over four days, incorporating the Labour Day long weekend, from Friday to the second Monday in March. Moomba is culturally important to Melbourne, having been celebrated since 1955, and regularly attracts up to a million people, with a record attendance of 1.7 million set in 1996.

In 2003, the event was renamed Melbourne Moomba Waterfest and is centred on the Yarra River.

Traditional events include the Moomba parade, crowning of Moomba monarchs, fireworks displays, carnivals in the gardens along the river, river activities including watersports, water floats and the birdman rally, as well as live music and bands.

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