Rain falls on pa­rade but spir­its still shine

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

IT CER­TAINLY didn’t rain on the pa­rade enough to put a damp­ener on com­mu­nity spirit last Fri­day night as around 35 floats took to the streets of Port Dou­glas to bring to a close this year’s spec­tac­u­lar Car­ni­vale.

A tor­ren­tial down­pour once more threat­ened the pa­rade which had al­ready been post­poned from the pre­vi­ous week due to se­vere rain - but in keep­ing with the “Heav­enly Bod­ies” theme of the pa­rade, the clouds dis­banded in ce­les­tial fash­ion to wel­come crowds of on­look­ers and pa­rade par­tic­i­pants to the streets just be­fore the party was due to start.

“The wa­ter was re­ally sig­nif­i­cant, and we all thought, ’Oh, no, not again’, how­ever it seemed that ev­ery­one was de­ter­mined to go ahead re­gard­less and it was all sys­tems go,” street pa­rade or­gan­iser Lisa Whe­lan said.

“The rain stopped around 6.30pm, and as if out of nowhere floats started ar­riv­ing onto Macrossan Street - it was quite amaz­ing to see how many peo­ple had made the ef­fort de­spite the weather.

“It was phe­nom­e­nal to watch the streets turn from a ghost town, into this huge party at­mos­phere.”

Or­gan­is­ers were in awe of the imag­i­na­tion and var­ied in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the “Heav­enly Bod­ies” theme for the pa­rade.

Best over­all float was won by Quick­sil­ver, the best themed float went to Lou’s Fit­ness, On the Spot Signs was judged best com­mer­cial float and Moss­man State School was a pop­u­lar win­ner of best com­mu­nity float.

“What res­onated is how im­por­tant the pa­rade is to the com­mu­nity and how sig­nif­i­cant an event it is to Car­ni­vale,” Lisa said.

“Fur­ther­more, what es­pe­cially shone was the in­cred­i­ble spirit of com­mu­nity, some­thing that we hope we can har­ness and show the world when all eyes are on the re­gion for the up­com­ing So­lar Eclipse Festival.”

The theme set for this year’s car­ni­val event was cho­sen to cor­re­spond with the So­lar Eclipse Festival to be held in Novem­ber, in which par­tic­i­pants are be­ing asked to take part in a street pa­rade us­ing their ex­ist­ing Car­ni­vale floats.

Moss­man’s Demi But­ler was also crowned Miss Char­ity Car­ni­vale on the night for rais­ing the most money for the Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion. The to­tal amount raised for the char­ity by the pageant was over $2500.

Photo by ALI­SON GE­ORGE

Heav­enly Bod­ies: the Quick­sil­ver crew

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