It may not be an official public holiday, but thousands of fans have skipped school and work to line the streets of Melbourne for the annual Cup parade.
Locals and tourists cheered, waved flags and snapped photographs as jockeys, trainers and past Melbourne Cup winners made their way along Bourke and Swanston streets in Melbourne’s CBD.
There was a procession of children in silks, bagpipe players, and the flags of the countries represented in the Cup, which continues to attract interest from overseas.
Marmelo is the favourite, aiming to become the first British galloper to win tomorrow’s $6 million race at Flemington, ahead of last year’s winner, Almandin, and Humidor.
Trainer Hughie Morrison said he was keen to make history.
“This is such a great event, a great city, so hopefully we can be the first English trainers to win it tomorrow. I can’t wait,” he said.