Car­ni­vale set to raise a few cheeky smiles

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

PORT Dou­glas Car­ni­vale co­or­di­na­tors are step­ping up a gear for this year’s event, book­ing world fa­mous co­me­dian Jimeoin and promis­ing more top acts to come.

An orig­i­nal 1930s Bel­gium Spiegel­tent also is be­ing flown in from Mel­bourne to act as the en­ter­tain­ment hub.

The lush tent will play host to Jimeoin, a late night adults only bur­lesque show called Vamps and Burns, and oth­ers soon to be an­nounced.

“We’re bring­ing an en­ter­tain­ment el­e­ment to the event and stream­lin­ing it by bring­ing it all to­gether,” said event di­rec­tor Melissa Head.

“So you can go to the food and wine fes­ti­val in Rex Smeal Park, then go to the bur­lesque show in Dixie Park near the Sugar Wharf, and then wan­der over to the con­tainer art and check that out.

“On Sun­day the mar­kets will be on so we’ll have this full wa­ter­front ac­ti­va­tion.”

The of­fi­cial Car­ni­vale pro- gram will be­gin with the Port On Your Fork lunch on Thurs­day May 19 and con­tainer art on Four Mile Es­planade.

Fri­day May 20 will fea­ture a pop-up restau­rant in the rain­for­est, as well as the an­nual street pa­rade which will in­clude fire­works, street food stalls, street en­ter­tain­ment, busk­ing and a fam­ily con­cert.

The Beach Fam­ily Day Party on Satur­day May 21 will fea­ture sand­castle-mak­ing, beach vol­ley­ball, yoga, live mer­maids, mar­ket stalls, face paint­ing, a fam­ily car­ni­val, art ex­hi­bi­tion and a trop­i­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val.

The Won­der­land Spiegel­tent will host the Car­ni­vale gala show on the Satur­day night with Car­ni­vale 2016 to wrap up with the leg­endary Seafood Ex­trav­a­ganza and a mu­sic fes­ti­val on the Sun­day.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said the new events pro­vided the spark the re­vi­talised fes­ti­val needed.

“The new events and ac­tiv­i­ties pro­posed for Car­ni­vale 2016 are a per­fect match for the fes­ti­val and are sure to cre­ate plenty of ex­cite­ment among lo­cals and vis­i­tors while re­tain­ing the core com­mu­nity el­e­ments,” Mayor Leu said.

“The var­i­ous events also pro­vide amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal restau­rants, food stalls, mu­si­cians and per­form­ers to be in­volved.”

the poster by Terry John­son.

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