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CAR­NI­VALE event or­gan­is­ers should be con­grat­u­lated for putting on an amaz­ing show­case of the re­gion.

Last week­end’s events were prob­a­bly even more suc­cess­ful than the first week­end, which is say­ing some­thing.

From all ac­counts, Palates of Port was a deca­dent and play­ful event where the sump­tu­ous food was matched by the smooth sounds of the band and the cool at­mos­phere pro­vided by the Great Gatsby crowd.

Satur­day’s Taste of Par­adise event was sim­ply awe­some.

Be­ing held for the first time, I was a bit ner­vous there would not be many peo­ple turn up, which would have clouded its fu­ture.

But there were lit­er­ally hun­dreds of peo­ple pour­ing through the Sugar Wharf all day and the food demon­stra­tions and great mix of stalls re­ally com­pli­mented each other.

This event has the po­ten­tial to be­come Car­ni­vale’s sig­na­ture show­case and will only get big­ger.

The Dar­ryl Braith­waite con­cert on Satur­day night was a great way to cel­e­brate a suc­cess­ful Car­ni­vale as was the Tin Shed Rio party while the crowd at Sun­day’s seafood ex­trav­a­ganza was the big­gest I’ve seen in the five years I’ve been there.

Any­one who thinks Car­ni­vale should re­turn to a four- day party are short­chang­ing the re­gion.

The 10-day fes­ti­val has now grown with a wide range of very pop­u­lar events which can­not pos­si­bly be crammed into a few days.

We would also miss out on the huge cov­er­age the events at­tract.

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