Celebrating 25 years

Article image - Celebrating 25 years Beach Day Carnivale.

A popular Port Douglas Carnivale crowd-pleaser has been locked in for another three years as Douglas Shire Council kicks off preparations to mark the event’s 25th Anniversary.

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.

Mayor, Julia Leu, said ‘Silver and Sunshine’ was the proposed 2019 festival theme to celebrate the significant 25 year milestone.

“Carnivale 2019 will be dynamic and attractive festival designed to appeal to the regional far north Queensland market through a fantastic mix of free and ticketed events.

“Next year’s event will be a fantastic cause for celebration and also a timely catalyst to refresh the event moving forward.”

Council will enter into an agreement to lock in the Wonderland Spiegeltent until at least 2021, a huge boost for the event’s future.

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

Mayor 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.

“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.”