Port Douglas Carnivale
Port Douglas Carnivale!
Next Carnivale: 17 - 26 May 2013
The Port Douglas Carnivale, running for 10 days over 2 weekends at the end of May each year, has been the region’s favourite festival for almost 2 decades.
This annual celebration of life in the tropics opens with the Macrossan Street Parade, attracting over 20,000 people. The parade has a different theme each year, last parade’s was Heavenly Bodies - to encompass the moon, stars, signs of the Zodiac and the Eclipse that will occur later this year. There are several events as part of the festival including exhibition cricket matches, tennis and golf tournaments, a regatta challenge, outriggers and kite surfing, and even a bull-ride spectacular.
This year the event will follow the theme of "Carnivale - what it means to you." After 18 years of festivals, those involved are encouraged to display what Carnivale means to them. We should see a dazzling display of colour and flair as people reflect on the origins of the Port Douglas Carnivale.
Arts, crafts, music and culture are all represented through the songwriter’s competition, fashion events, art and craft exhibitions and free concerts.
Port Douglas Carnivale showcases the beauty of the region using stunning venues like the Sugar Wharf contrasted with the waterfront parks, spectacular Four Mile Beach, and the waterfront marina. Attracting over 20,000 visitors each year, the vibrant mix of tourists and visitors really makes the region shine at its very best.
For full program details, visit www.carnivale.com.au.
Head north for a taste of paradise. Port Douglas Carnivale festival is produced by the local community and celebrates everything wonderful about Tropical North Australia. In May 2013, there’s music, arts, sports, cuisine, culture and entertainment - every reason to head for a ‘taste of paradise’.
For gourmet travellers and lovers of food and wine, the festival commences with a cuisine event weekend and incorporates Sheraton Mirage Longest Lunch; Palates of Port; Food, Wine & A Taste of Port; Seafood Extravaganza and Food Fight. The second weekend focus turns to family favourites the Macrossan Street Parade and Four Mile Beach Fun Day - free events drawing thousands of spectators.