Soccer star Archie Thompson and weather presenter Jane Bunn were revealed as the 2019 Moomba Monarchs in a ceremony on February 15.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp presented the monarchs the help of Ukrainian Cossack dancers from the Lehenda Dance Company and spaced-themed performers Box Wars.
“I’m thrilled to announce Jane and Archie as this year’s reigning Moomba Monarchs,” the Lord Mayor said.
Mr Thompson said he was “over the moon”.
“When I was in the short list I was over the moon just to be in the running for something so special, but to be king is unbelievable,” Mr Thompson said.
Ms Bunn said: “Having visited the festival as a child and over the years having broadcast live from the event providing Melburnians with the Moomba weather forecast, it’s a surreal feeling and an absolute honour to be crowned monarch.”
The Lord Mayor said 1.3 million people were expected at the carnival, which was the biggest community event in Australia.
“Our Moomba favourite again this year is Box Wars, the theme this year is space,” Cr Capp said.
“In 2019 we’ve nearly doubled our dance zone and you can see why and it is programmed all over the long weekend with performances and workshops so you can watch but also participate.”
“On Friday night on our main stage we’ll be exclusively showing a program by rising Aboriginal artists. It will be curated by Yorta Yorta musician and poet Neil Morris of Dreaming Now.”