Street pa­rade

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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