Abracadabra! More than 20,000 revellers are expected to lose themselves in the magic of Port Douglas Carnivale from May 25-27, 2018 as the event officially launches today.

The seaside town is set to sparkle with an enchanting program of world-class performances, stunning food events, much-loved community and sporting celebrations and a rock concert that will see Daddy Cool himself – Australian music legend Ross Wilson – bring home the event.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said this year’s three-day program promised to be unforgettable as Carnivale’s most celebrated events returned in its 24th year.

“I am absolutely thrilled to announce Ross Wilson will be headlining Port Douglas Carnivale.

“He is considered rock royalty, and with more than five decades of performances under his belt and one of the most successful careers in Australian music history, it is not hard to see why.

Mayor Leu said Rex Smeal Park would once again form the backdrop for most of the event program that “showcased the community’s vision, colour and creativity”.

“Port Douglas Carnivale is truly a festival that celebrates everything unique and special about our region.

Highlights include the return of The Wonderland Spiegeltent, the Longest Lunch, the ‘Tropical Magic’ themed Street Parade, Family Beach Day, Quicksilver Race Week, the ‘Tropic Rock’ concert featuring Ross Wilson and his band The Peaceniks and the Seafood Extravaganza.

Mayor Leu said registrations were now open for the immensely popular street parade, which will see floats of all shapes and sizes make their way along Macrossan Street joined by scores of performers from stilt walkers to burlesque dancers.

“This year’s program promises lots of fun, some of the best music in Australia and a laid-back, tropical vibe to keep the whole family charmed.”

Kicking off the festival proceedings from May 18 will be the Wonderland Spiegeltent, which is returning for its third year.

“Expect an eclectic and entertaining mix of shows including the Family friendly Circus Wonderland, risqué circus cabaret Rouge, and outspoken comic Akmal Saleh,” Mayor Leu added.

The Longest Lunch is also returning with renowned restauranteur Craig Squire at the helm, and Ochre Restaurant’s award-winning cuisine taking centre table.

“This event is iconic Port Douglas so expect cool breezes and ocean views, local produce matched with excellent wines and beers.

“Seated under cover on one long table, get your friends together and have a long Friday lunch and enjoy entertainment by Spiegeltent performers and cool tunes  under the palms,” Squire said.

Saturday’s Family Beach Day will transform the golden sands of Four Mile Beach into amazing sculptures, while entertainers, market stalls, beach cricket, competitions and a whole host of activities will also ensure a fun packed family fun day.

But save enough energy for Saturday night when Rex Smeal Park will rock out to the best music Australia has to offer.

Daddy Cool front man Ross Wilson with his latest band The Peaceniks will have the crowd belting out Eagle Rock for a night to remember.

Behind Sunday’s Seafood Extravaganza is Port Douglas’ Hemingway’s Brewery. Think an alfresco delight of plump prawns, fab fish and other seafood delights accompanied by all-day entertainment and music festival featuring local acts.

For more information or to book your tickets today, visit www.carnivale.com.au.

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