A STREET parade with more than 40 entrants helped ensure Portland’s Upwelling Festival was one of the best.
Festival co-ordinator Gerri Torpy said about 8000 people soaked up the sun in the seaside town.
“We’re saying it was the best one ever,” she said.
“We had 90 entries in our whaleboat races. We had 70 market stalls.
“The weather was perfect.”
The festival celebrates the aquatic phenomenon known as the Bonney Upwelling — an annual occurrence which attracts a vast array of marine life to Portland’s coast for a feeding frenzy.
Ms Torpy said about five years ago the Portland Bay Rotary Club took over the festival, which was then known as the Portland Bay Festival.
She said Portland was one of the few places around the world where the marine phenomenon took place.
“The marine life is really a drawcard for tourism and fishing,” she said.
Saturday’s festival also hosted a screening by filmmaker Colleen Hughson on whale watcher Peter Read and featured the unveiling of art projects 9 Knitted Narrabans and Heard/Unheard: Flux, which involved artists engaging community members to create novel artistic reflections of the upwelling.