Let your spirit run free at the Venetian Carnival
THE Jacaranda City will be more like Mardi Gra-fton on Friday night with the vibrant Venetian Carnival set to brighten the riverbank.
We caught up with one of the carnival's organisers, Gail Harding, earlier this week.
Gail's been helping to put on the Venetian Carnival for 24 years now and the novelty isn't wearing off.
"It's such a fantastic community event," she said.
"How many festivals offer this type and quality of performance?
"It's a fantastic family night out on our beautiful river."
Just some of the attractions include Sacred Circus from Brisbane (complete with stilt walkers, fire twirlers and twin contortionists), a 60-piece combined choir, rock'n'roll singers, a 12-piece guitar group and the talented Emily Sydenham, a local girl who is off to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York in January.
"We've had some great talent over the years performing at the Venetian Carnival and they've gone on to do wonderful things," Gail, who directs the carnival with David Bridge, said.
The free event at the river end of Prince St, near Memorial Park, Grafton, starts about 6pm with entertainment scheduled to go on until about 8.30pm before the fireworks display.
The Venetian Carnival and fireworks display is sponsored by Blanchards Bricks & Pavers and Newcastle Permanent