On the 25th April each year QIAPB marches in two ANZAC day street parades here in Brisbane. This is a national day of remembrance commemorating all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. ANZAC day parades give everyone an opportunity to celebrate and recognise those that have, and still continue, to serve our country. Participating in both of these parades has been a longstanding tradition for our pipe band.
We start the day with a parade organised by Stephens Sub Branch RSL at Annerley. In previous years this parade marched along Ipswich Road from the RSL club to Yeronga Memorial Park, however in 2018 there was a change of route. We now step off on Park Road Yeronga at 7am, just near the Honour Avenue gates, turn left onto School Road and then left onto Ipswich Road marching towards the main gates into Yeronga Memorial Park for the morning service commencing at 7.30am.
At the completion of this service our pipe band heads into Brisbane CBD for our next parade. This parade is huge, taking about two hours to pass, and features veterans, current serving personnel, their families, tanks, trucks, vehicles and many other groups including pipe bands, brass bands and other marching bands who all contribute to make it a commemoration worthy of its heritage. People love hearing pipe bands play so if we get the opportunity after the parade is over, we head into Queen Street Mall to play a few tunes for the crowds that are wandering through.