‘Bumper’ weekend of activities for carnival lovers

Scene from the Carnival 2010 Opening Parade

Carnival lovers have been told to anticipate a ‘bumper’ weekend of activities.

Chairman of the Carnival Development Committee Alwyn Bully told a press conference Wednesday that there has been tremendous participation from patrons for all carnival events so far and they should expect some more great events before the climax on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

He said that one major event the “Big Truck Jam” which was scheduled for Sunday has been canceled since it clashed with other events. Kiddies Carnival will be held on that day as well as Carnival Bod La Mer on the Bayfront.

Bully urged persons and bands to have a zero tolerance policy for violence.

“Increased violence does not mean it is acceptable. We are asking bands to stop music if there is a fight. Allow the crowd to calm down… Cooperating with the police is going to be key,” Bully said.

Among major events coming up, on Friday Night the Dominica Festivals Committee will host the Miss Dominica Pageant while Saturday will see the finals of the Calypso Monarch. Both events will be staged at Carnival City.

According to Bully, Carnival begins at 4 a.m. on Monday with J’ouvert and ends at 10 p.m. on that night.

He noted that the time allotted for J’ouvert has been extended and will now take place from 4 a.m. -6 a.m. During that period there will be strictly Lapo Kabwit and steel pan music. Musical bands will run from then until 10 p.m.

This will be followed by the Parade of Traditional Costumes and from two o’clock the t-shirt bands will take to the streets.  Carnival Tuesday will begin at 10 a.m. and will end at 10 p.m., with ‘last lap’ beginning at 5 p.m.

Bully advised bands to wind down their music a few minutes before the end time in order not to leave patrons too hyped after the event has culminated. He said that when Carnival is ended abruptly patrons tend to gather in the streets and at their bus stops and sometimes end up in scuffles.

Tonight the Showdown Mas Camp will come to an end with the crowning of a Champ of The Camp. That event will be held at the Harlem Plaza.

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16 Comments

  1. bandolieeeeeeeeeeeee
    March 2, 2011

    should stop the carnival at 6 oclock because domincans dont like good time before a little jam they fighting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AND THAT’S WHAT I SAY WHO GO THROW THEIR WEARY BONES IN THE OCEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. February 25, 2010

    What a great resource!

  3. February 13, 2010

    People of dominica, you are blessed with natural beauty and the peace of God. Carnival is a time of celebrating and releasing the garbage of our human minds at least for the 3 days. Have fun with much peace and go home with thanks to God for freedom of Life.

    Appreciate the plan of Alwin Bully, who wants to consider all Dominicans young and old.

    Enjoy yourself this weekend. I write this from my apartment in Toronto. And my message of peace goes out especially to my people of Giraudel. Namely the Xavier families and their families.

  4. carnaval princess
    February 13, 2010

    Whoooooooooooosh coocoosh dem man making ppl stop carnival at 10pm well not sen joe nah dey holding it down till 1 am

  5. WATCHER
    February 12, 2010

    dam man really killing d/a carnival enh boy…..how de hell u can tell me jouvert from 4-6 am is lapo kabwit alone..and electronic bands from 6-10 am.what kind of nonsense is dat….there is nuttin wrong with putting all bands and lapo kabwit out there together…let de people make their dam choice man….another ting they doin dat is just bull**** is putting t-shirt band on monday…boy look s***…stuppeesss

  6. February 11, 2010

    BIG BANDS DONT BE ON THE ROAD TILL 6:PM ANYWAYS THATS NUN NEW.. 4-6 IS LAPO 6 TO WHEN EVER IS BIG BAND

  7. like trouble
    February 11, 2010

    to sweetnees….. go back reading classes den u can com an talk…. jouvert starts at 4am to 6am.. during that period will be strictly Lapo Kabwit and steel pan music. Musical bands will run from then until 10 p.m.

  8. Prophet2
    February 11, 2010

    Bumpers will be grinding away for sure.lol

  9. potass
    February 11, 2010

    the man is makinga point so stop being a potass

  10. Piper
    February 11, 2010

    40 and Loving, I think they would pelt down the band oui if they playing that kind of music.

  11. February 11, 2010

    To Piper: Across the bridge, there’s no more sorrow, Across the bridge, there’s no more pain, the sun will shine…..you know de rest. What you have to do is to come down early, take your foot and go home satisfied. Capish??

  12. poonkey
    February 11, 2010

    come possy, but we dont want no fighting. our jump up is clean and sweet.

  13. perps plex
    February 11, 2010

    LOL at Piper! They can play a death announcement music. Hehehe
    Dominicans like a sewo eh!

  14. look tory
    February 11, 2010

    that girl in the pic there lookin nice from behind eh… who is that ner?

  15. sweetness
    February 11, 2010

    what!!! no band on the road jouvert morning? lapo kabwit and steel pan…..stupesssss

  16. Piper
    February 11, 2010

    This is funny, for Alwyn to be asking the band to wind down the music before the end of the end time. So what kind of music are they supposed to play? Jim Reeves?

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