Showcasing the best of Tropical North Queensland from local food and wines to talented musicians,Â artists and entertainers, Port Douglas CarnivaleÂ is one of Australiaâ€™s most exciting andÂ diverse events that celebrates the uniqueness and beauty of tropical living.
Now in its 23rd year, this yearâ€™s Carnivale features a calendar chock-full of events and family-friendly fun, including the spectacular Wonderland SpiegeltentÂ back for a second seasonÂ with world class shows.Â The theatrical phenomenon La SoirĂ©eÂ is set to thrill audiences in the Spiegeltent with its award-winning variety sensation made of up the worldâ€™s greatest performers of cabaret, burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary vaudeville. Step inside for a parallel universe of pure entertainment andÂ prepare to be amazed, amused, shocked, shaken and stirred as spectacular skills deliver a high energyÂ show that has to be seen to be believed.
The glamorous icon of Australian cabaret entertainment and living legend, Carlotta, will be making aÂ special appearance at the Spiegeltent for a one-off late night show Friday 26 May @10.30pm. An original member of the internationally renowned Les Girls in Sydneyâ€™s Kings Cross, Carlotta is currently touring Australia with her Carlotta â€“ Queen of the Cross show. For more information on her tour visitÂ carlotta.com.au.
Kick off Carnivale weekend byÂ soaking up the picturesque setting of theÂ Coral Sea under the palms at Rex Smeal Park. Indulge in a long lazy lunch as Paradise on a PlateÂ serves up plentiful produce, fresh dishes and thrilling performances.Â Each of the four-courses will beÂ served with matching wines accompanied by a unique performer that will keep your senses buzzing.
Friday evening, Macrossan Street comes alive with dazzling entertainment for the young and the youngÂ at heart. A true community event in the finest of North Queenslander traditions, the Macrossan Street ParadeÂ has long been the opening highlight and regularly drawsÂ eager crowds of thousands of fans. FromÂ 5pm,Â be captivated by the sights and sounds of live music and extraordinary street performers, indulge in the fresh goodies on offer at the market food stalls, and beÂ enchanted by an array of amusements and rides for the whole family including the debut of the CarnivaleÂ Ferris Wheel. The parade will be kicking off atÂ 6:30pmÂ followed by a spectacular fireworks displayÂ atÂ 9pmÂ driving the party into high gear. The street fun continues into the night as Port Douglas