Car­ni­vale pa­rade to re­main on Macrossan

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE MCKIL­LOP

CAR­NI­VALE or­gan­is­ers say the street pa­rade will stay in Macrossan St fol­low­ing over­whelm­ing pub­lic feed­back favour­ing the sta­tus quo.

About 90 per cent of more than 100 re­sponses had voted to keep the street party at its ex­ist­ing lo­ca­tion af­ter the com­mu­nity was asked to con­sider re­lo­cat­ing Car­ni­vale’s main event to Wharf St last week.

Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ken Dobbs said the de­ci­sion to not change the route meant or­gan­is­ers could now fo­cus on the task of en­sur­ing the street party was the “biggest and best ever”.

“Those ad­vo­cat­ing change had le­git­i­mate safety con­cerns and we will be ad­dress­ing that prob­lem as best we can by look­ing at op­tions to en­cour­age the crowd to spread along the full length of the pa­rade,” he said.

One pro­posal was mov­ing some of the food stalls and en­ter­tain­ment to pre­vent the “bunch­ing up” of spec­ta­tors at cer­tain points on Macrossan Street.

“We will con­sider slightly chang­ing the fo­cus away from the town cen­tre to around the corner in Wharf St to ease that con­ges­tion,” he said.

Or­gan­is­ers also were com­mit­ted to work­ing with traders to min­imise the im­pact of street clo­sures on May 20 when the “Dou­glas Won­der­land” pa­rade was set to go ahead.

“In the past, we closed the whole street from 6am to avoid a sit­u­a­tion where parked cars get stuck and po­ten­tially pre­vent the street pa­rade from pro­ceed­ing,” he said.

“It may well be we could have one half of the street or keep it open un­til mid­day, these are things we need to con­sider.”

Dates have now been con­firmed for some of the other key events in­clud­ing the Long­est Lunch, also on May 20, Food, Wine and a Taste of Port ( May 21) and the Beach Day (May 28).

The Food Fight and Palates of Port also re­main on the agenda for this year.

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