This year’s Port Douglas Carnivale Street Parade will be a “Tropic & Exotic” celebration of life in the vibrant seaside community.

Registrations are now being called for the much-loved annual event, which has been sponsored by the Property Shop Port Douglas & Mossman.

Cancelled in 2020, Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said it was great news the Street Parade would once again officially kick off Carnivale festivities on Friday, May 21.

Fun-loving, blinged-up, all-star singing and dancing locals are invited to be a part of this amazing spectacular event showcasing their town’s environment and community pride.

Diversity is encouraged, along with participation by schools, bands, businesses and community organisations and anyone who wants to dress up and dance in the streets.

“This year’s Tropic & Exotic theme provides plenty of scope for creative design and costumes,” Cr Kerr added.

“We encourage participants to let their imaginations go wild – let’s create an entertaining spectacle that celebrates life in the Douglas Shire.”

The Best Overall Float will win $1000, Best Business Float $1000, Best Community Float $750, Best Youth Entry (under 16) $350 and best individual (solo act) $200.

“We have introduced new categories and prizes to encourage business, community and individual participation, however, the real reward has always been in the collaboration and community spirit at this hugely popular event, so get your team together and register now.”

The parade kicks off at 6.30pm, and will follow an extended route down Wharf Street with extra viewing areas created to allow for social distancing for spectators. A fireworks display will follow at 8pm.

Adding to the atmosphere on the night will be the Wonderland Spiegeltent, the Carnivale Fun Fair and food stalls, and Port Douglas restaurants and bars.

Spiegeltent shows and other events will open on May 14.

Parade entries can be submitted online at www.carnivale.com.au and must be registered by Friday, May 14.

For more information or to book your tickets, visit www.carnivale.com.au