Former CDC member says Queen Show should be staged during Carnival
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Events Director Natalie Clarke-Meade said there are good arguments that support both sides of the debate on whether or not the Queen of Carnival Show should be removed from the carnival line-up.
Minister of Culture, Paul “Chet” Greene, recently re-ignited calls for the pageant to be held another time of the year so that the winner would get time to adequately prepare for regional and international competitions.
But Clarke-Meade, a former Carnival Development Committee (CDC) member, said the Queen of Carnival Competition can be kept, and other competitions can be created to choose the local representative for international pageants.
“You should have your show in Carnival because people look forward to it and if you want to send a girl to Miss World, Miss Universe or one of those shows, then your should negotiate and your government should be a part of that because that young woman is now Miss Antigua & Barbuda, she is an ambassador,” the events director said.
She said the government should be involved to ensure that the representative would represent the island in a way the country would be proud of.
Clarke-Meade said such pageants must be viewed as a business and that significant investment is needed if small nations like Antigua & Barbuda intend to compete internationally.
“There are so many rules and regulations that you as a small island do not get to market your island there, you do not really get to showcase your island there because they have rules that wipe you out.
“It costs your government and private corporations thousands of US dollars to get your girl there who may not win in a category of any kind because she is up against China or Japan,” Clarke-Meade said.
Source : http://antiguaobserver.com/former-cdc-member-says-queen-show-should-staged-during-carnival/
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