Port Douglas will go into party mode this weekend with three full days of action as the seaside town celebrates the event of the year – Port Douglas Carnivale.
Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said Port Douglas Carnivale officially kicks off tomorrow, Friday May 20 with The Longest Lunch, offering a slightly gentler but no less memorable Carnivale experience.
“This is the social event of the year,” Mayor Kerr added. “It is a day out and sets the tone for the Carnivale weekend,” he said.
Later Port Douglas comes alive with the boisterous, balmy, bash that is the Property Shop Tropical Wonderland Street Parade. It’s a big booming welcome to Carnivale with floats, dancers, performers, music, food stalls, music, costumes and carousing.
The Wonderland Spiegeltent will also be hosting its risqué romp Rouge, family fare Circus Wonderland and adult entertainment Debauched with Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows to close out its three-week season in Port Douglas.
“The Spiegeltent is a luxurious and exciting setting for some of the most unique and exhilarating performances to be seen in Tropical North Queensland,” he said.
Carnivale goes to the seaside all day Saturday with the Tin Shed Family Beach Day, with competitions, food stalls, roving entertainers, sky diving displays as well as the chance to participate in kite surfing, beach hockey and BMX.
On the opposite side of town, the inaugural FNQ Gin Fest kicks off at 12noon at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina Port Douglas.
Offering an afternoon of laid-back indulgence with cocktails, food trucks and music from DJ Bart, noon till 3pm, and Tessa Devine from 3pm-6pm, the distilleries taking part are Devils Thumb from Port Douglas, Wolf Lane and Narrow Tracks from Cairns, Distil On The Hill from Kuranda, and Atherton Tableland distilleries Wild River Mountain from Wondecla and Mt Uncle from Walkamin.
Saturday night Tropic Rock will turn back the clock to bring two of the greats of the era and arguably some of the most popular songs ever sung, to the stunning surrounds of Rex Smeal Park with two great tribute acts – The Australian INXS Show and “It’s My Life” – The Bon Jovi Story.
Sunday is all about succulent seafood. The bounty of Port Douglas and the Coral Sea will feature at the Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina.
The Carnivale program also features sport, the Sugar Ants light projection art at the Sugar Wharf (evenings) and art exhibitions along with scores of stalls, side shows and street performances.
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