Valentine’s Day lights up Fitzroy Street for St Kilda Festival

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Fitzroy Street will be all dressed up with its own version of love locks for Valentine’s Day in 2016, with the St
Kilda Festival’s main day set to bring hundreds of thousands to St Kilda.
For Valentine’s Day, people passing through Fitzroy Street will be given free glowing red hearts. They can
write a message on the back or someone’s name, and then hang the hearts from specially installed nets
along the street. By Valentine’s night, the street will be lined and illuminated with thousands of glowing hearts
for Festival goers to promenade through.
City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss says “Paris may have its famous love locks, but Fitzroy Street will
now have a spectacular display all of its own. With the help of our Festival goers, St Kilda’s own boulevard
will be lined with glowing hearts for Valentine’s Day – the perfect place to celebrate the day and enjoy the
Festival.”
The hearts are not the only piece of action along Fitzroy Street for the Festival: the street will also host the
‘Latin Quarter’ featuring Latin music, dance workshops and DJ’s, a host of roving entertainment and live
painting from Melbourne’s Mayfield Palace.
Fitzroy Street Traders Association representative Michelle Nichol says they’re looking forward to the Festival:
“The St Kilda Festival is one of our favourite days of the year in Fitzroy Street and we welcome everyone to
visit, hang their hearts and visit one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants while you’re here for an
unforgettable Valentine’s Day in St Kilda.”
The hearts will be in place for February 14th only for a one-night-only installation.
Amongst all the other activities, one couple will be taking their Valentine’s celebrations to the next level: for
the first time in its 36 year history, the St Kilda Festival will also be playing host to a wedding, right on the
Main Stage. Elizabeth Henderson and Samuel Butcher will be tying the knot in the heart of the Festival in the
presence of family and friends, and a few thousand Festival goers.
With the crowds at the stage who will be gathered to wish them well also having the chance to catch the
bridal bouquet as the bride throws it from the stage, this is a very special St Kilda Festival moment that will
be one of the highlights of the day. The wedding will occur at 1.45pm on the Main Stage

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