Rain falls on parade but spirits still shine
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.
Heavenly Bodies: the Quicksilver crew