IS CAR­NI­VALE LOS­ING ITS TOUCH?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

Well Car­ni­vale is done and dusted for an­other year, with some hits and misses.

The Street pa­rade was very well at­tended, but I think smaller than in pre­vi­ous years. Some went to great lengths to pro­vide sev­eral out­stand­ing floats, but over­all it lacked the sparkle of pre­vi­ous pa­rades. Some will dis­agree as is their right, but per­son­ally I didn’t like the in­tru­sion of a po­lit­i­cal/en­vi­ron­men­tal protest in Anti-Adani group into what is sup­posed to be a fun event.

The free beach event was again a high­light, but the rest out of bounds to most “or­di­nary” folks who can­not af­ford en­try fees of $30 to $60 to events and then pay for food and drinks on top of that. I wouldn’t know whether they were well at­tended or not, be­cause I couldn’t af­ford to go.

I think the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers need a re­think of the event, in­clud­ing a re­struc­ture on prices or the way they are charged, or fear that the goose that laid the golden egg will suf­fer a slow and un­pleas­ant death.

Rod Kil­ner, Port Dou­glas

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