Time To Shine at the Port Douglas Carnivale Float Parade

Time to shine in the Port Douglas Carnivale Float Parade

It will be bright, light and very sparkly – registrations are now open for this year’s Silver and Sunshine themed Port Douglas Carnivale Street Parade.

The Silver and Sunshine theme means float makers and float stars can go wild with design and costumes.

Whether it’s the silvery shine of the sea, or the sparkle of a disco ball, let your imagination run wild interpreting this theme.

Sunshine is just as illuminating…sunny yellow, bright days in a tropical paradise, happiness, health and light.

Befitting the 25th anniversary of Port Douglas Carnivale the theme celebrates the lasting lustre of this popular, creative and happily raucous event.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said now was the time to let the creative juices flow and enter a float in the much loved and community spirited parade.

“This year marks 25 years since our first Carnivale and float parade and we would encourage anyone who has ever taken part over the years to join this anniversary float parade.

“It’s always a show stopper and just as much fun for those in the parade as those watching it. “

Always a huge Carnivale draw card, the parade of more than 30 entries floats down Macrossan Street in a dazzling display of fun, frivolity and fantasy for the opening night of the three-day festival on Friday May 24 from 5pm.

Mayor Leu said the parade is a key event of Port Douglas Carnivale. “It’s a great way to start and the floats will be seen by thousands of people who line the parade route,” Mayor Leu said.

“So come on, let’s make the 25th the best, biggest and most flamboyant yet.”

“Our aim is always to have a good mix of bands, floats, schools, businesses and community organisations involved,” she added.

And there are some significant cash prizes to be won with $500 each for the best community and commercial entries and $1000 for best overall float.

“We encourage those who are considering entering to think about how they can enhance the Carnivale atmosphere through decorations, costuming, lighting and sound.”

Adding to the atmosphere on the night will be the Wonderland Spiegeltent, the Carnivale Fun Fair, and Tropic Night lights on dusk projection, which will light up the Sugar Wharf and Anzac Park precinct during the Carnivale festivities from May 24 to 26.

Parade entries can be submitted online at www.carnivale.com.au and must be registered by May 17.