On Wednesday, 27th November 2019, Carnival Calabar Commission informed that they are expecting delegates from 35 countries and 20 Nigerian States to participate in this year’s Calabar Carnival.
According to the Commission’s Chairman, Mr. Gabe Onah, who told Newsmen in Lagos that participants were expected from Vietnam, Bangladesh, Italy, Brazil, Malawi, Kenya, and many others.
Onah added that delegates from other countries would actively participate in the carnival scheduled to take place between Dec.1 and 30, 2019.
In his words “We will have over 20 states within the country showcasing their culture in various ways in a street procession by Dec. 26.
More of Nigeria’s cultural and tourism content will be showcased to these International delegates at the carnival because we want to encourage inbound tourism.
In order to create more excitement during the carnival, the Governor has established 10 performance centers to engage a good number of the audience, this has always been his wish...” Onah stated.
Onah informed that his years' carnival will witness the commissioning of a Christmas Village which would serve Nigerians who wish to enjoy their Christmas celebration at the place.
Also, the Christmas Village was set up to enable the youths to set up stands stocked with Cross River products that would be of interest to tourists.
Throwing light to the carnival activities, Onah stated that, the carnival is actually drama on the move; all the elements of theatre are found in it.
On Dec. 26th, tourists will witness cultural carnival, while Dec. 27th is the bikers’ parade; Dec. 28th is the main carnival.
“On Dec. 30, the black African music festival will hold to introduce the blacks who have become successful in the Diaspora in areas of arts and music as well as other fields of entertainment.