Feathers, fun and Carnivale
STREET performers, musicians, circus performers, jugglers, dancers, plenty of feathers and highly infectious dance music will have everyone dancing in the street on Friday night.
The free Carnivale Infusion Parade in Hastings St launches this year’s Noosa Long Weekend Festival which is in its 15th year.
Festival president Johanne Wright said there were almost 300 performers coming to Noosa to participate in this year’s festival.
And the big names are attracting visitors from around the country.
“It’s big ... we are getting a lot of people coming from interstate and staying for the full 10 days,” Ms Wright said.
Festival director Ian Mackellar said the Noosa community had supported the event for the past 15 years.
“This parade is our way of saying thanks,” he said.
“Bring the kids and join in the festivities as we turn Hastings St into Rio for one fun-filled hour.”
An exciting finale of this opening parade is in store, as Linsey Pollak and his band of Unusal Suspects become Pied Pipers leading the Carnivale procession and spectators on to Noosa Main Beach for a Super Heroes Spectacular.
Kicking off at 5.15pm, the parade contingent travels along Hastings St on to Noosa’s Main Beach.
The parade will start from Noosa Woods, travel down Hastings St and end with the skydiving exhibition on Noosa Main Beach, in front of the Surf Club, at 6pm.
Organisers warn parking will be extremely limited.
Visitors are encouraged to park and ride using the regular bus services from Noosa Junction or Tewantin at Gympie Terrace and plan to arrive early.
For more information on bus services, phone Trans- link on 131230 or go to translink.com.au.
The skydiving exhibition is weather dependent and in the event of inclement weather will not proceed.
Radio announcer, Sam Coward will MC proceedings, while festival director Ian Mackellar and 2016 festival ambassador Damien Anthony Rossi will then declare this year’s festival “open”.
Tickets are still available but limited.
Find the full Noosa Long Weekend Festival program of events in our special liftout on pages 25-28.