IS CARNIVALE LOSING ITS TOUCH?
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