In the lead-up to the ‘race that stops the nation’, the City of Melbourne gets in on the festivities each year by hosting the Melbourne Cup Parade.
Celebrate the iconic Cup and the heroes of the sport. A cavalcade will herald the arrival of the final destination for the 2023 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour – Federation Square.
Melbourne Cup Parade Day 2023, Date, Time & Route, Swanston St
The Melbourne Cup holds a special place in every Victorian’s heart, so much so that Melbourne Cup Day has been declared a public holiday! As the biggest event of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Melbourne Cup race is held on the first Tuesday of every November.
Free entertainment, lunchtime snacks, photo opportunities with the Melbourne Cup and an exclusive performance by Hot Dub Time Machine will round out the day’s festivities.
Complete with a marching band, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Cavalcade will lead a host of racing dignitaries, winning jockeys, and Melbourne Cup-winning Living Legend thoroughbreds across the Princes Bridge and into Federation Square, where the official Cup Bearers will present the 2023 Lexus Melbourne Cup Trophy to the City of Melbourne.
The easiest way to get to the parade is by taking public transport. Catch a train to Flinders Street Station, walk up Swanston Street, find a place to settle in, and watch the parade.