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Our club is proud to announce that the 2024 Bang Tail Muster parade is happening on Monday, May 6th 2024.
The theme for the parade is "Smile".
This year's organiser is Rotarian Eli Melky (see below for contact details).
The Rotary Club of Alice Springs acknowledges the ongoing generous support of the Alice Springs Town Council, the NT Government Community Benefit Fund and the Yeperenye Shopping Centre.
Best in Parade 2024: Rona Glynn Pre-School "We all smile in the same language". 
Best Preschool/School 2024: Braitling Preschool " What makes you smile?"
Best Community Organisation 2024: Girl Guides Alice Springs celebrating 90 years; 1934-2024
Best Sporting Group 2024: Studio B School of Dance

A Short History of the Bangtail Muster – Alice Springs

The first Bangtail Muster Parade was held in March 1959. Then District Officer Bill Nordavan suggested the idea, and together with Frank King, local furniture store owner appointed as chairman, the event was run by the Chamber of Commerce aided by a pound for pound subsidy from the Minister of Territories. The parade was along Todd Street, similar to the same route used today.
So successful was the parade that it became an annual event with the then newly – chartered Rotary Club of Alice Springs taking over the running of the Bangtail Muster parade with associated events, as a project in 1961.
The Rotary Club of Alice Springs acknowledges the wonderful support of our local community in supporting the annual Bangtail Muster Parade. To those who helped in the preparation of the previous parade, to those who participated, and to the public who came out in their thousands each year to watch the parade we say thank you, all of you are such an important part of our community.
If you would like further information on The Bangtail Muster Parade please contact the 2024 parade coordinator: Eli Melky (, (mob.) 0427 012 699 )
Rotary Club of Alice Springs
PO Box 1756
Alice Springs NT 0871
Acknowledgement is given that some historical information was sourced from Shirley Brown’s book, “My Alice”.