Chairman of the Carnival Development Committee (CDC) Alwyn Bully have labeled Carnival 2010 a success.
In an interview with Dominica News Online Bully said that he was impressed with the outcome of The Real Mas 2010 island-wide.
“It’s practically unprecedented,” he stated.
Bully described it as a “tremendous turn out” of costume and Jouvè bands. He also encouraged the addition of the glow light bands to the parade.
“People just came out and claimed the carnival….it was really about the people. If you don’t have people in the streets, in costumes you don’t have a carnival and this year we saw this outpouring of joy, excitement and coming together of people like never before,” he said.
There was an ‘Old Time Sake Band’ on Tuesday evening, where members were dressed in Tye-dye t-shirts and glow in the dark sticks.
Bully recommended that a balance of calypso and bouyon music be played during the street parade.
“Bouyon music is a strong infectious type of music which does well for the parade… calypso has to be sustained,” he said.
Bully, who is also the national cultural adviser, hopes costume building, drumming of lapeau kabwit and the use of indigenous instruments can be taught in local schools, in order to maintain the culture of carnival.
The chairman said that his recommendations among others will be discussed with the producers of the Real Mas such costume builders and carnival bands so that decisions will be made in aim of improving the product of Carnival for Dominica.
He said that out of these stakeholders smaller focus groups will be formed. They will be responsible for concentrating on the various areas of improvement which will be decided by a majority vote.
The cultural adviser complimented LIME the headline sponsor for Carnival 2010. He particularly thanked the company for funding the Carnival prizes which are due to be announced this week.
Bully explained that in previous years the issue of Carnival prizes have been a “sore subject” because of the delays in issuing winners prizes. However, telecommunications company LIME has decided to withhold some of its carnival sponsorship funds in order to ensure that these prizes are given in a timelier manner.
He expressed gratitude to carnival sponsors including Kubuli and National Bank of Dominica.