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