Ready to pa­rade

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jessie Tol­son

MAR­KET Park will be­come a hive of ac­tiv­ity in the hours lead­ing up to to­mor­row night’s Car­ni­vale street pa­rade with rides for the kids, food and mar­ket stalls and great live acts to help cel­e­brate.

For the first time, Car­ni­vale Pa­rade kicks off in Mar­ket Park from 4pm with live en­ter­tain­ment in­side the Moroc­can Fam­ily Fun Tent hosted by Terry Doyle from the Doyle Fam­ily Fun Show.

The live en­ter­tain­ment will in­clude per­for­mances from the Trop­i­cal North Theatre Com­pany, clown acts, street per­form­ers, magic shows, bal­loon twist­ing and jug­gling as well as fes­ti­val amuse­ments to trans­form the park into a tra­di­tional car­ni­val with thrilling rides for all ages.

Street pa­rade co­or­di­na­tor Melinda Nor­ris said the theme ‘‘What does Car­ni­vale mean to you’’ is very open to trans­la­tion.

‘‘I know it means ‘colour and light’ to Julatten State School and by the sounds of it their float is go­ing to be pretty hard to beat,’’ she said.

‘‘There is great di­ver­sity this year and many new or­gan­i­sa­tions to the area who have en­tered floats, so I dare say you will see things you have never seen be­fore at the Macrossan Street Par- ade 2013.’’

The Macrossan Street Pa­rade has long been a high­light of Port Dou­glas Car­ni­vale with a crowd of up to 10,000 ex­pected to watch a wide range of floats and groups dance the streets, decked out in imag­i­na­tive cos­tumes and dec­o­ra­tions.

There will even be me­dieval knights in shin­ing ar­mour joust­ing down the street, tak­ing the crowd on a jour­ney to what a Car­ni­vale pa­rade might have been like hun­dreds of years ago.

Moss­man’s Po­lice Cit­i­zens Youth Club in­dige­nous sport and recre­ation of­fi­cer Pet­rina Neller said the Car­ni­vale theme for them was bridg­ing the gap be­tween young and old and bring­ing peo­ple to­gether. ‘‘PCYC is all over Aus­tralia and I re­ally want to get it out there and get kids more in­volved in sports, health and nu­tri­tion,’’ she said.

‘‘We will be show­ing off our new trailer that we can take to events, that will be full of sport equip­ment and even­tu­ally a built-in bar­be­cue.

‘‘Pa­rade night will see mem­bers of PCYC giv­ing out pro­mo­tional gear and maybe even a cou­ple of guys boxing, it will be a lot of fun.’’

Prizes will be given to the best over­all float, the best com­mu­nity float and the best cor­po­rate float. Pa­rade be­gins at 7pm and is fol­lowed by a fire­works dis­play.

Pic­ture: ALI­SON GE­ORGE

CAR­NI­VALE AT­MOS­PHERE: the cel­e­bra­tions will start early for the street pa­rade this year

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