THE crowds were buzzing along Macrossan St last Friday night as 30 colourful and quirky floats came to life for the Carnivale Street Parade.
Organisers estimated around 8000 people gathered in Port Douglas to catch a view of this year’s parade with the theme Carnivale - what does it mean to you?
And they were not disappointed with cars, discos, a grand piano and a Chinese Dragon, just some of the highlights of the night.
Carnivale manager Ken Dobbs said the type of entries has changed with less tourism businesses or resorts exhibiting their products to the community.
‘‘What was presented was very fantastic for the community, the best overall float was the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre, best commercial was the Gazette and the best community spirit was Julatten Primary School,’’ Mr Dobbs said.
‘‘The thought that went into all of the floats I thought was very good, from somebody walking along to the really extensive effort, it was a great mix.
‘‘Most of the feedback was really good, everyone enjoyed it especially the kids, I have had calls from retailers already saying how good it was, putting the stalls in market park.’’
In market park, food stalls, novelty stores and rides were open from 4pm, which helped to attract families to come along to the parade.