Sixteen days before the official opening of Carnival 2014 on February 8, events director of the Dominica Festivals Committee Natalie Clarke has announced that the route for this year’s parade will not be following the traditional style.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday morning, Clarke said that this year the Carnival opening parade will go from Pottersville to the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard instead of following the usual Victoria Street to Pottersville route.
“The opening parade will have a slight twist this year. We are going from Pottersville down to the Bayfront but we’re having a Konnet Vive Fete in the Windsor Park Sports stadium car park with CK, Triple Kay and the Boss Dj Flip. That is going to be a new all-inclusive event that we you to support.”
Clarke also encouraged the corporate citizens to come out and play their part in sponsoring the 2014 Carnival. According to her, only two of the seven Miss Dominica pageant contestants have received sponsorship. Thus far Francine Baron of Grandbay is fully sponsored by D-Tread Tyres and Donella Riviere is sponsored by the Bank of Nova Scotia.
Calypsonian Val “Young Bull” Cuffy, also called on corporate citizens to support the calypsonians. “We should sponsor the calypsonians as well because the big shows that you see, also cost money and most of the guys have to try to find the necessary funds to do what they have to. So we should not only look out for the queen contestants but look out for the calypsonians as well.”
Cuffy also warned revelers against any form of violence during the carnival season noting that Dominica’s carnival is a product which can be tarnished if there is violence.