Dominican youth told to embrace the island’s carnival
A call has been issued by the chairman of the Carnival Development Committee for Dominican youth to embrace the island’s cultural heritage.
Mr Alwin Bully, who was at the time addressing the official opening ceremony of the 2011 carnival celebrations at carnival city on Saturday, February 12th, says the onus will soon be on the youth to ensure the sustainability and preservation of Dominica’s cultural heritage, more so carnival.
A massive street parade with displays by flag wavers, advertising floats, costume bands, traditional masquerade groups, Lapo Kabwit and live music and bands colored and serenaded the city on Saturday.
This was followed by the official opening ceremony at Carnival City.
The gates of the city of Roseau were officially declared open by the Mayor of Roseau, His Worship Cecil Joseph, who encouraged revelers and visitors to promote peace during the carnival celebrations.
The headline sponsor for the 2011 Real Mas is Telecommunication provider, LIME Dominica.
Country Manager of LIME Dominica, Mr Jeffrey Baptiste says the company is pleased to be making this contribution to Dominica’s cultural heritage.
He encouraged Dominicans to support the many fringe events which are scheduled to be held during the carnival season.
Minister responsible for Culture, Youth and Sports, Honorable Justina Charles echoed the need for Dominicans to support the carnival activities.
She says so far the Ministry of Culture and the Dominica Festivals Committee, is pleased with the response that they have received from stakeholders.
The various competitors of the Princess Show, Miss Teen, Junior Monarch, Carnival Queen Pageant and Soca Monarch Competition, also made appearances at the ceremony, as well as contestants of other pageants such as the Silverlake Princess Show and the Dominica State College Miss Jamboree Pageant.
There was also guest performances from a number of carnival bands and flag wavers groups.