A Put the Festival Parade back to Saturday campaign is asking for Council to rescind the decision.
Proponents says that locals come into town for the parade in their thousands, and many will spend time in restaurants and food outlets, as well as shops and other businesses. Additionally tourists are attracted to the annual event, providing a major injection into the local economy, with many staying to socialise and party in the CBD's bars and clubs.
The argument goes that the move to Sunday would render city visitors retreating home instead of spending and enjoying the city's attractions.
The date change for the Cairns Festival Parade from Saturday to Sunday evening is to accommodate a clash with the annual Pyramid charity run. However the popular Gordonvale event takes place during the day, whereas the parade starts around sundown, so why can't they both happen on the same day anyway?
Others are asking to put the event back during the school holidays and return to the original name of Fun in the Sun.