The Portsmouth Carnival Committee is bringing back “the vibe” in the north with the opening of Carnival on Sunday 22nd January.
President of the Northern Entertainment Committee, Dr. Bertilia Bartley-Peter made the announcement while addressing a press conference held this week.
According to her, the parade will feature a number of groups with music from the Signal Band.
“The main objective is to bring back the vibe to the north…,” she said. “We are trying to bring back that interest, stimulate more economic activities in the north because we have been on the go-slow for the past years.”
Bartley-Peter mentioned that the committee is working on organizing a “short and sweet” effective parade.
“We know we are late, we haven’t been in touch with a lot of the corporations in Dominica, but we are still trying to get on board and hopefully set up for 2024, but as of now 2023 we will have our opening, the Portsmouth Town Carnival Parade on Sunday starting at 2pm,” she noted.
She continued, “The groups will leave from NBD, we will make a circuit around the town and Signal Band is with us all the way.”
Bartley-Peter added, “We will have groups from the north, the Marigot Flag Wavers, NBD Flag Wavers; Afrikulture Stilt Walkers have confirmed with us. We still have some groups awaiting confirmation so that we can have an active opening.”
She said the committee will have its first official launch of a Sensay Competition scheduled for February 19th.
“We will have a petite Sensay and gwo Sensay,” she explained. “We want to get the kids involved. We are setting it up as a cultural activity… teaching them how to do the Sensay.”
Meantime, Bartley-Peter revealed that the committee will this year, launch its first official Carnival T-Shirt Band dubbed, “North Culture.”