The announcement of the modified national celebrations came yesterday from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, who told the country that while the details were still being worked out, some major changes to the format have already been given the green light due to the pandemic.
Topping the list of changes was the decentralising of the festival’s highlights, Foreday Morning and Grand Kadooment event into eight venues.
The Prime Minister’s decision came one week after some entertainment promoters and retailers complained that Government was cutting it too close in relation to making an announcement about the festival. They lamented at the time that every day the decision was delayed, the greater the likelihood that people would shift their plans to other destinations that were out of the blocks early with their carnivals.
Yesterday president of the Bandleaders Association of Masqueraders Anthony Layne reacted by saying that while the organisation was pleased, he would reserve further comment until a meeting with the festival organiser, the National Cultural Foundation. (TG)
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