Port Douglas Carnivale began in 1993 and initially was designed to celebrate the opening of the tourist season and market Port Douglas as a holiday destination to both domestic and international visitors.Carnivale is an award winning event and it is a week long party often described as the most exciting event of the year in Port Douglas.A unique affair Port Douglas Carnivale is a celebration that attracts and inspires an enormous amount of participation from the local residents, businesses and industry. Almost the entire community actively takes part: be it in an event or as a spectator. As a result, the turnout grows from year to year and many tourists make a point of returning each year to be involved in the celebration of culture, wine and cuisine.This year the theme is “Stars under the stars” and will include the introduction of new events such as the “Over The Fence” Comedy Film Festival which will be held at the Karnak Playhouse, Port Douglas Outdoor Cinema and a “Captive of the Headhunters’ Exhibit in Cow Bay.Please see table below for a comprehensive event guide.The launch of the Port Douglas Carnivale is the Carnivale Masquerade Cocktail Party is with this years theme of “Art of Masquerade”. Held at the historical old Sugar Wharf.All time favourite events including the street fiesta which will see the main street of Port Douglas (Macrossan Street) blocked off to vehicles and turned into a mammoth street party. All night alfresco dining from over 80 restaurants and food stalls, fine wine, live music, street theatre, fireworks and the highlight that is the float and parade ensures that the Port Douglas Carnivale is always spectacular.On Saturday evening among the swaying palms “Food, Wine & A Taste of Port” serves up an exciting taste sensation as the full moon rises over the coral sea and you can experience the reason why Port Douglas is renowned for being amongst the best dining in Australia.Many other events not to be missed include the Blessing of the fleet, the Marina Mirage longest lunch, the Four Mile Beach family fun day, the Marina Mirage Seafood Extravaganza, not to mention the Port Douglas golf challenge, regatta, fishing competition and twilight sail.Port Douglas Carnivale has something for everyone and is a tropical celebration of tropical life.EVENT CALENDARPORT DOUGLAS VILLAGE CARNIVALE20-29 May 200520 May Sea Temple Masquerade Cocktail Party20-29 May Sea Temple Carnivale Art Exhibition20-29 May Kuku Yalanji Art Exhibition20-29 May Carnivale @ Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures20-29 May Carnivale in the Daintree & Cape Tribulation20-29 May “Captive of the Head Hunters” Art & Artefacts Exhibition21 May Inaugural Carnivale Tennis Cup21 May Reef ‘n’ Rainforest Race Day21 & 22 May Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival21 & 22 May Port Douglas Yacht Club Fishing Competition21 & 28 May Soccer Time at Carnivale22 May Trinity Cycle Works Criterium23-29 May Port Douglas Outdoor Cinema & Family Entertainment24 & 25 May The 2005 Port Douglas Golf Challenge24-29 May Sea Temple Carnivale Corporate Mask Competition25 May WAGLS Twilight Sail28, 28, 29 May Hogs Breath Clipper Cup Series Regatta27 May Blessing of the Fleet27 May Marina Mirage Longest Lunch27 May Lotsa Printing Carnivale on Macrossan Street Fiesta27 May Court House Hotel Fireworks Spectacular28 May ANZ Bank Four Mile Beach Family Fun Day28 May Food & Wine & A Taste of Port29 May Marina Mirage Seafood ExtravaganzaPort Douglas Carnivale 2006 – next year’s carnivale dates have not yet been finalised. Watch this space for more information.