The 2018 Moomba Festival is literally just around the corner, and the long weekend ahead promises to be a jam-packed fun event for everyone.
This yearís "Moomba Monarchs" were revealed as radio and TV personality, Chrissie Swan, and kidsí TV star Jimmy Giggle.
We've interviewed Hoot's best friend Jimmy Giggle ahead of the upcoming fun-filled weekend to find out what it really takes to be a Moomba Monarch!
Q. How would you describe the Moomba Festival to someone who has never been before?
I would describe Moomba as a real hoot! Itís a fun-filled weekend for the whole family with some great things to see and do. Expect lots of laughter, bright colours, crazy rides, amazing performances, a spectacular parade and of course the Birdman Rally!
Q. What does your Royal Role as the King of Moomba 2018 entail?
Well, this yearís a little different as I will be the first ever Moomba Monarch to do the Birdman Rally! I canít wait! Chrissie Swan and I will also be taking part in the Moomba Parade (as every Moomba Monarch does each year) Ė itís going to be so much fun meeting everyone and waving to the crowds.
Q. Did you go to Moomba as a child yourself? If so, what are your earliest memories of the festival?
Yes! I have been to Moomba so many times Ė I just remember a lot of fairy floss, carnival rides and the amazing parade. I canít wait to experience the Moomba magic as a Monarch. Iím really looking forward to the parade this year, there will be lots of different crazy floats to see and thereís really no event like it.
Q. If you are the King of Moomba, that must mean your son is the Prince. Will we expect to see Prince Moomba on the day?
Of course! Itís important to me that we enjoy it together as I did with my dad. Moomba Festival even created him his very own crown!
Q. Will Hoot perform in the 'Birdman Rally'?
He will Ė channelled through me! Iíll be entering the Birdman Rally in my Hoot-inspired costume. Make sure you come down and cheer me on, Sunday March 11!
Q. It's going to be hard to top being crowned a Moomba Monarch.. what's next on your bucket list?
Working on a new Giggle and Hoot Live Show Tour - itís going to be loads of fun and we are going to bring it to Melbourne for sure!
The 64th Moomba Festival will open on Friday 9 March and run through to Monday 12 March 2018.
Moomba turns the banks of the Yarra River into an all-ages playground with music, entertainment, food and cultural diversity at the heart of it.
With new activities alongside perennial favourites including the Birdman Rally (featuring Jimmy Giggle!), Moomba Parade, carnival, water sports and skating competitions, this four-day festival is bringing some serious fun for all the family.
Where: Alexandra Gardens and Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
When: Friday, 9 March Ė Monday, 12 March 2018