Carnevale capers

Carnevale performers get into the spirit of the colourful event. Picture: Martin Kennealey d415555
Carnevale performers get into the spirit of the colourful event. Picture: Martin Kennealey d415555

The event will open with a bang on Friday as the opening parade winds its way through the streets full of carnival characters and the Wasamba band, while on Saturday it closes with the main event, a giant masked ball at Victoria Hall, giving all locals the chance to dress up in beautiful carnival costumes and masks and dance the night away.

Fremantle Carnevale provides something for everyone, from hours of entertainment for children in stage shows, mask making, circus games and music making to watching masked musicians singing satirical songs based on local Fremantle gossip for the chance to win a $250 music gift voucher.

Stephen Bennett, who founded the Fremantle Carnevale and put a lot of research into carnivals around the world to make it authentic said it was a chance for spectators to immerse themselves in a Carnival culture that can usually only be experienced internationally.

‘It gives people a chance to experience what people in many other countries are able to experience in a real Carnival,’ he said.

‘It is a chance for people to unleash their creativity through wearing masks and costumes and experience the feeling of being liberated from their normal day-to-day lives by disguising their identity and exploring an alternative identity for a short time.’

Visit www.fremantlecarnevale.com.au for more information.