Live your Best Life for Carnivale Parade 2023

Port Douglas’ iconic Carnivale preparations kick off for 2023 with the ever popular Parade down Macrossan Street. Floats, walkers, dancers, jugglers, acrobats and performers of all kinds are now invited to take part in the annual community event. The parade, which will take place on Friday May 19, 2023 will be presented in partnership with the Property Shop Port Douglas & Mossman.

The event will kick off at 6:30 pm, followed by a fireworks display at 8 pm in Anzac Park. For this year’s theme, participants are encouraged to design and costume their floats and outfits around the concept of “living their best life” in Port Douglas.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr expressed his excitement for the upcoming event, highlighting the region’s unique blend of outdoor lifestyle and natural beauty. “Port Douglas offers a laid-back, outdoor lifestyle combining the best of nature with the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef,” he said.

All evening Macrossan Street and Market Park will be brimming with entertainment for the young and the young at heart: live music, street performers, markets, amusement rides, and entertainment for all. Entertainment on the street and in the park commences at 5.00 pm with the parade starting at 6.30 pm.

Port Douglas Carnivale Parade. Credit/ Port Douglas Carnivale.

With a prize pool of $4550, various categories will be up for grabs, including:

  • Best Overall Float
  • Best Business Float
  • Best Community Float
  • Best Youth Entry (under 16)
  • Best Individual (solo act)

Local community groups, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to register their entries to participate in this year’s event.

The Port Douglas Carnivale is known for its vibrant and festive atmosphere, with the Macrossan Street Parade being a highlight of the annual celebration.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: Friday, May 12, 2023

All floats must strive to have decoration, costuming, lighting and sound to enhance the Carnivale atmosphere. Let your imagination run wild with tropical FNQ themes.

For further inquiries please email

To register your entry, visit the Carnivale website below.

Port Douglas Carnivale Parade. Credit/ Port Douglas Carnivale.

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