CDC wants more Vincy Mas nightly events
April 30, 2009
CDC wants more Vincy Mas nightly events

If the organizing body of the Vincy Mas has its way this year, spectators and Carnival fans should enjoy more events nightly, thanks to shorter shows at the Victoria Park.

This is just one revelation made on Tuesday by the Carnival Development Corporation at its press conference at their Victoria Park office.{{more}}

Chairman of the CDC Dennis Ambrose, at his first press conference since returning to the helm of the corporation, indicated that they aim to restrict shows to about four hours in length.

Ambrose indicated that this decision was based on recommendations received following the conclusion of Carnival 2008, which the corporation decided to implement.

“The issue that some shows are too long, is being addressed and we hope that this adjustment would make a difference.”

This initiative will get its first test when the Miss SVG pageant takes place on May 30th at Victoria Park.

Other downsized shows include the Miss Carival Pageant, Dimanche Gras, Mardi Gras and ‘the Mas on the Move’ shows.

Closer at hand, the Chamber of Commerce Car Park and Heritage Square are expected to be a hive of activity on Saturday, May 2nd, with the official launching of Carnival 2009.

Activities will begin at 10am at the Square, followed by action in the car park.

Saturday’s launch will see the keenly anticipated New Song competition taking place; this features five calypsonians and five soca artistes.

The eight Miss SVG contestants are also expected to make an appearance and address the public for the first time, at the launch.

Other activities scheduled for Saturday include whistle stops originating from the Windward and Leeward ends of the island, as well as contributions from the various components of Vincy Mas.

A number of sponsors who were at the press conference also addressed the media.

HITZ 103.7, LIME, Bottlers St. Vincent Ltd, and the St. Vincent Brewery Ltd. used to the opportunity to reaffirm their commitment to carnival, and pledged their full support in helping the CDC realize its plans for this year’s event.

Culture Minister Rene Baptiste addressing the gathering, called on all components to get their act together, in an effort to make the event successful.

She also made an appeal to everyone to adhere to the No Bottle Policy.

The launch begins at 10 am at Heritage Square, followed by a 5pm commencement at the Chamber of Commerce Car Park. (JJ)