The colour of the Melbourne Cup Parade (Image: VRC)
The international jockeys and trainers in town for Tuesday's Emirates Melbourne Cup were once again wowed by the crowd and festivities on show at Monday's parade.
The annual parade once again took over the CBD as thousands of fans flocked to Swanston Street to see the stars of the race and also Melbourne Cup legends, both human and equine.
This year's edition of the Melbourne Cup sees globe-trotting French jockey Olivier Peslier and world-class trainers Hugo Palmer (Wall Of Fire), Hughie Morrison (Marmelo) and Joseph O'Brien (Rekindling and US Army Ranger) have their first experiences with our Spring Racing Carnival.
And at Monday's parade they were all in awe of the fanfare.
"I've never experienced anything like this before," Peslier said.
"This is the first time I've see an experience like this the day before the race.
"When you go to the races in Japan or Ascot or even the l'Arc de Triomphe [in Paris], you see this [kind of fanfare] the day of the race but never the day before, this is very amazing."
UK horseman Morrison trains the favourite for the $6.2 million feature and said: "This is just fantastic isn't it, the amount of people that are just so interested in the event I think it is incredible."
"We were just saying we wish we could get this sort of traction on a race back at home in England it would be amazing … this is not doing anything for the nerves though," Newmarket-based Palmer said in jest.
Irish trainer O'Brien, son of legendary trainer Aidan, added: "We don't see anything like this back at home, it is great to be here and we are enjoying the experience … just to be here is great but to win [the Melbourne Cup] would be unbelievable … my two horses [Rekindling and US Army Ranger] are in good form so we're looking forward to the race now."