Carnival patrons are told to be responsible during the upcoming celebrations.
Mayor of Roseau, Her Worship Sandra Irmine Royer said during festive times, revelers-young people especially-tend to get involved in practices that could have a negative impact on their lives.
“Too many young people fall victim [to] ill effects of drugs and alcohol abuse as well as unsafe practice of sex,” Royer said during the official opening of Mas Domnik 2020 on Saturday.
She said while everyone is encouraged to have fun, “they must do so in a responsible manner”.
“For us in Roseau we want all carnival lovers to have a wonderful time this season, however, I must stress that we want people to enjoy themselves [responsibly]. Carnival is only for a time and mistakes that you make during this time can affect the rest of your life,” she cautioned.
Royer is also advising residents to be on the lookout for people with bad intentions.
“We know that during this time there will be some among us with malicious intent, please be on the lookout and guard yourself and your children,” she said.
The Mayor also encouraged those participating in the celebrations to patronize the vendors and join a band.
“I am urging all carnival lovers to play an [important] part in Dominica’s culture. We are resilient, we are strong and we have potential to build Dominica together in many ways,” she said.
The cleanliness of the City should be given priority, according to Royer, calling on everyone to dispose of their waste in a responsible manner.
“In doing so, we will demonstrate a level of care for the environment,” she stated.
The theme for this year’s Real Mas is “Play the Rhythm, Play Mas”.