Former CDC boss gives Carnival thumbs down

Photo by Kaemon Derrick

Photo by Kaemon Derrick

Former Carnival Development Committee (CDC) chairman Neil Cochrane was mostly critical in his review of this year’s festivity and said certain changes ought not to have been implemented this year.

Speaking on OBSERVER Radio’s Voice of the People programme Wednesday, the promoter said, “I don’t think that it’s a reasonable to use the words ‘success’ and ‘carnival’ in the same sentence this year, because I cannot see this year’s carnival as being successful at all. In fact I think it’s one of the worst Carnivals that we’ve had in perhaps 30 years.”

Cochrane lamented the new format taken for the opening parade was done in haste without any evaluation of whether there were problems, what they were and how to address them.

This year, prior to the parade, there was a ceremony with brief speeches from the Minister of Festivals Paul “Chet” Greene, Chairman of the Carnival Development Committee (CDC) Kayode O’Marde and Scotia Bank Manager Gordon Julian.

“It is very strange you have a ceremony before the parade. Normally the parade leads into the grand ceremony inside (Antigua Recreation Grounds). We had a ceremony and then a parade, and where did the parade end? Where did the people who normally congregate to see the parade and ceremony congregate this year?” he queried.

Cochrane suggested the authorities could have kept the old format and then do a review to determine if an overhaul was necessary.

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