Kicking off the Mary Poppins Festival was Mary Poppins in person.
Kicking off the Mary Poppins Festival was Mary Poppins in person.

Mary Poppins has 5500 honour her

MARYBOROUGH'S Mary Poppins Festival continues to grow in popularity every year, bringing in visitors from all over the globe.

While crowd numbers are still being finalised, Fraser Coast Opportunities (FCO) Marketing manager Tas Webber said a possible 5500 people honoured the internationally famous character and Maryborough's rich history in the town's CBD on Sunday.

"We won't know the official numbers until mid-week but from the feedback we've been getting, this year was bigger than last year," Mr Webber said.

"We had just under 5000 people last year and we're pretty confident we would have had 5500 people this year."

Mr Webber also said people from other parts of Australia and the world had come to the area for the historic festival.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the organisers and volunteers worked hard to take the day a step further every year.

"It really is one of the region's major events and it gets bigger and better every year," Cr O'Connell said.

"What I love to see is the little ones here with their parents and grandparents all here together - that's true community.

"What better place to celebrate such a famous story as Mary Poppins than right here on the Fraser Coast?"

This year's festival included the annual Mary Poppins character parade, costume judging competitions and Maryborough Brass Band performances.

The winner of this year's celebrity nanny race was the Chronicle's editor; Clementine Norton, who left her competitors including Cr O'Connell and Mary Poppins musical star Matthew Richers.

Maryborough local Matthew played Bert in the Disney musical version of the famous book, brought to the Fraser Coast for the first time last Saturday night as part of the annual festival.

He said he felt proud to have brought another element of the Mary Poppins story back to Maryborough.

"It was an amazing opportunity because it really is such a big part of Maryborough's heritage," Mr Richers said.

"Plus this year marks the 50th anniversary of the musical's release so that makes it extra special."