DNO POLL: Should the date of Carnival be changed?

Cultural consultant Alywn Bully has reiterated suggestions for changing Dominica’s carnival date.

He has argued that there are benefits of moving  Carnival possibly to the summer.

He said this could make Dominica’s carnival bigger, better, and a major economic force.

However some has disagreed saying the date of Carnival should remain the same.

Dominica News Online is soliciting the opinion of readers in a new poll.

The poll is asking whether the date of Dominica’s Carnival should be changed or not.

It will be active until Friday.

Should the date of Carnival be changed?

  • No (57%, 878 Votes)
  • Yes (39%, 601 Votes)
  • Don't know (5%, 74 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,553

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  1. CIA on the watch
    February 23, 2012


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  2. SiangUK
    February 23, 2012



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  3. Ileen
    February 23, 2012

    Will the people have money to go to Trinidad in February and then come to Dominica for summer. Who goes to Trinidad will not come to Dominica

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  4. calypso lover
    February 23, 2012

    I don’t think our calypso have ever been showcased at the Creole Festival. If am wrong please correct me.

    The festival should include peformances by the most popular calypso. not only that of the King.

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  5. calypso lover
    February 23, 2012

    I think the date of carnival should be put somewhere in the months leading up to creole festival.

    And as part of the Creole Package who ever wins the competition should secure a performance at the Creole Festival because Calypso is also part of the creole culture.

    Also as part of the Creole Festival the Carnival Queen should be showcased somewhere in the festival. Giving an introductory speech or something. But the Calyso queen and queen should have a reemergence at the Creole festival. is Reggae is creole I don’t see why Calypso cannot be.

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    • Melting Pot
      February 23, 2012

      if reggae is creole why can’t calyspo be creole?

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  6. litter
    February 23, 2012

    The carnival date is not the problem!!! The carnival committee is the problem!! The committee should be reshuffled..Need new people with new and innovative ideas!! Even if we change the date and don’t market the carnival properly we are still gonna get the same results!!!
    The best advise is tackle the schools and communities..Every village should have a carnival committee.. Schools can raise funds during school year..That will help with purchasing costumes!!
    Again I say The date is not the PROBLEM!!

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  7. Blue Blood
    February 23, 2012

    If it aint broke, don’t fix it.
    Besides, why trade the summer heat for the relative cool of spring?

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  8. true
    February 23, 2012

    yes! change it!

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  9. Great
    February 23, 2012

    The date can be changed if it will be beneficial to us. I know T&T, The neighboring French territories including St. Martin also stage their carnival at the same time although to compete with these countries would be the ideal thing because if we change the date I’m afraid the standard of the carnival won’t improve.
    We need to start marketing our carnival, I also think that Creole festival has taken priority over the staging of carnival; we place too much emphasis on sponsors for village carnival and forget the national event.
    The opening of the village carnival prior to the national event should be the day of the their carnival if there is to have one, the village carnival takes a lot away from the major event itself therefore it should not be held together with the City’s carnival.
    Changing the date isn’t going to make a difference.
    Also greater participation could mean a cheaper cost in terms of the price for costumes and so on.
    The difference has to start with us. So my answer is NO the date should not be changed.

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