Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Calabar International Carnival

It has been hailed as the best Carnival in this part of the world and we doubt anyone can dispute that. We bring you pictures from the ongoing Calabar Carnival taking place in Cross River. The carnival was started by Donald Duke, governor of the state between 1999-2007. 

Pictures from 2012 Calabar festival, Cross Rivers, Nigeria

Calabar international carnival Acting Governor, Efiok Essien Cobham cut the ribbon to set the show alive
 Acting Governor, Efiok Essien Cobham, accompanied by his wife and other dignitaries, including the Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, and wife as well as Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, arrived at the park to a deafening ovation by the people cut the ribbon to set the show alive
pictures from 2012 calabar carnival on the streets
 The city woke up to the sound of festivities as people began to set up for the carnival. The Millennium Park was the gathering point, and the mood and colours at the park were those of joy and celebration, with the participating five bands: Passion 4, Freedom, Seagull, Masta Blasta and Bayside engaging in a feat of musical gyration, artistic and well choreographed dance steps in a highly entertaining manner that “threw the audience into spellbound celebration.”

Besides the five bands, other non-competing bands, such as the visiting Brazilian Samba group and Vai Vai entertained the audience as they went on the 14- kilometre street parade that terminated at the U.J. Esuene Stadium for the final showdown among the competing bands. The event lasted into late hours.
pictures from 2012 calabar carnival

Chairman of the Carnival Commission, Mr. Gab Onah, described this year’s edition as classic, adding that the carnival has gone full swing and now has a brand identity that everyone was willing to be associated with. The presence of over five countries and high-ranking personalities from around the country and outside, he said, is a testimony to the height that the 32-day festival itself has reached.

This will be the first time in history the Calabar Festival is holding without the governor in attendance, as Governor Liyel Imoke is on annual vacation.


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