GALLERY | Carnivale's 25th year shines silver in the sun

PORT DOUGLAS CARNIVALE 2019

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FABULOUS: The Port Douglas Carnivale street parade was a highlight of the festival's 25th year. All images and video: Victoria Stone-Meadows.
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About 20,000 people attended the various Carnivale events in Port Douglas celebrating 25 years of the fesival over Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Friday saw Rex Smeal Park packed out with about 250 guests for the annual ‘Longest Lunch’ followed by the ‘Silver and Sunshine’ parade on Macrossan Street.

Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu said the parade was the perfect way to get the Carnivale party started.

“It was an excellent way to get the three-day event program underway,” she said.

“There were so many smiling faces and it was so fantastic to see such great involvement from businesses and community groups to make it what it is.”

The award for best community float went to Mossman State School, best commercial float went to Bike Shop & Hire and best overall float was Quicksilver Cruises with a highly commended to Bodies in Motion.


RELIVE THE EXCITEMENT OF THE PARADE HERE


A power outage caused some disruptions to the festivities but the spirits of those out for a fun night could not be quenched.

Ergon Energy reported 27 customers in Wharf and Warner Streets lost power at around 7:40pm after network damage requiring emergency repairs.

Power was restored at 10:30pm; however, the cause of the outage remains unknown.

On Saturday, families and friends headed to the iconic Four Mile Beach for a day of fun in the sun.

A five metre crocodile crafted by the Cooper family was crowned the best sandcastle on the day.

The Wonderland Spiegeltent’s season of performances including Limbo – Up Close, Circus Wonderland and Debauched were all sold out.


Read reviews of the Spiegeltent shows here:
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About 1500 people ventured to Rex Smeal Park to check out Benny and the Clones and Eskimo Joe take to the stage for “Tropic Rock.”

The Crocs AFL Football Club manned the bar on the night as a fundraiser for the club and Crocs President Barry lea said the bar was hectic but a lot of fun.
 

“It was one of our major fundraisers for the year, we had twice as many people rostered on as ast year and it was just terrific,” he said.

“We had 48 volunteers predominantly through he club but also members of the community and a few backpackers pitched in to help.
 

“It was absolutely chaotic at times and we we could have had more EFTPOS facilities and the signage could have been better but we tried to keep waiting times to a minimum and we were doing our best.”

Mr Lea said he is looking forward to doing it all again even bigger and better next year.

“I also want to thank the army of volunteers who contributed; it was hectic but fun at the same time.”


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Sunday also drew more than 5000 people to the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina over the day for Carnivale’s closing event – The Seafood Extravaganza.

Cr Leu said Council is thrilled with how the weekend progressed and thanked everyone who made the weekend come together so well.

“We are just ecstatic, we have had fantastic weather, fantastic events and have just hit the jack pot for a great weekend,” she said.
 

“On behalf of the many people who have been involved in Port Douglas Carnivale including our valued sponsors who have helped make it such a success, I would like to say thank you.

“They have all done so well and I am very proud of the team here at the Douglas Shire Council who have delivered such an incredible and memorable event to celebrate 25 years.”

CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM THE PARADE AND BEACH DAY HERE


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