Car­ni­vale’s 25th an­niver­sary to be cel­e­brated in style

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Gizelle Ghidella

PLANS for Dou­glas’ mile­stone Car­ni­vale are in mo­tion.

Dou­glas Coun­cil has locked in the fan favourite, the Won­der­land Spiegel­tent, un­til 2021.

The sala­cious cabaret and breath­tak­ing cir­cus show, which at­tracted more than 4000 peo­ple this year, in­jects about $800,000 an­nu­ally into the lo­cal econ­omy.

Car­ni­vale will turn 25 next year and coun­cil plans to high­light its true essence

“Car­ni­vale 2019 will be a dy­namic and at­trac­tive festival de­signed to ap­peal to the re­gional FNQ mar­ket through a fan­tas­tic mix of free and tick­eted events,” Dou­glas Shire Mayor Ju­lia Leu said.

“Coun­cil ex­pects busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups to get in­volved in this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion to fur­ther beef-up the pro­gram and ce­ment it as an ir­re­sistible draw­card for lo­cals and vis­i­tors. Next year’s event will be a fan­tas­tic cause for cel­e­bra­tion and also a timely cat­a­lyst to re­fresh the event mov­ing for­ward.”

“Sil­ver and Sun­shine” is the pro­posed festival theme for next year to cel­e­brate the event’s 25-year mile­stone.

Coun­cil en­dorsed a draft pro­gram for Car­ni­vale 2019 that will fo­cus on the core foun­da­tion events – the street pa­rade, fam­ily beach day and Tropic Rock con­cert – in a bid to cel­e­brate the essence of Port Dou­glas.

Some pro­posed fresh events in­clude a Jazz & Shi­raz Twi­light Cruise, Sun­day kids con­cert, Latin pool party and Satur­day surf­side ses­sion.

Coun­cil’s move to lock in the Won­der­land Spiegel­tent un­til at least 2021 is also a huge boost for the event’s fu­ture.

Cr Leu said the high qual­ity at­trac­tion had be­come syn­ony­mous with Car­ni­vale.

“The hi­lar­i­ous show adds an­other di­men­sion to the fes­tiv­i­ties and en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to spend more time in Dou­glas Shire,” she said.

“This is a wel­come boost for our overnight ac­com­mo­da­tion and small busi­nesses who are of­ten look­ing to kick­start an in­flux of tourists.

“The Spiegel­tent adds value to the Car­ni­vale ac­tiv­i­ties by in­clud­ing a float in the street pa­rade, en­ter­tain­ment for the Long­est Lunch and makes their fa­cil­ity avail­able for com­mu­nity use.”

The Won­der­land Spiegel­tent has been an an­nual fix­ture at Car­ni­vale since 2016. Or­gan­is­ers will be en­cour­aged to pro­mote com­mu­nity work­shops with lo­cal per­form­ing arts and gym­nas­tics groups.

Pic­ture: GIZELLE GHIDELLA

Mason West and Caz Walsh at the iconic Won­der­land Spiegel­tent.

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