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Jul 1, 2008

Revellers prepare for Carnival Season 2008

Story PictureThis afternoon at the House of Culture, the Belize Carnival Association officially unveiled its logo and launched the 2008 carnival season. And while all the bands and revellers are looking forward to an active August and September, today Association President, Patrick Thompson, revealed that they almost didn’t have a carnival season.

Patrick Thomson, President, Belize Carnival Association
“I must say we were in a lot of trouble and that was the reason why we went to NICH.”

Kendra Griffith
“What was the trouble?”

Patrick Thompson
“Well, I guess as all the bands weh wah tell yoh financial problems.”

Diane Haylock, President, NICH
“They came to me some months ago and were basically saying that there would be no carnival and we said that is not, that is absolutely not something we can allow to happen. And so as the organisation is really responsible for culture in this country—for arts and culture—I basically decided well, let us see what NICH as an organisation can do to ensure that this organisation does not die. In fact, one of our mandate is to strengthen, to provide institutional strengthening and support to artistic and cultural organisations and so we saw it as something that fit right within our niche; to give this organisation the support to get back on its feet. Carnival season this year will be smaller than it normally is in the sense that there won’t be the same level of activities, but I can guarantee you carnival come mass camp and come the actual carnival day itself will not be smaller than previous years.”

Patrick Thompson
“First in August on the nineteenth, we have the lotto pick where the groups will select their position in the road march. That will be held right here at the House of Culture. On the twenty-seventh we have mass camp which is for the junior groups only. On the twenty –eighth we have mass camps for the senior bands. On the thirtieth we’ll have the carnival motorcade which is through the streets of Belize and then we go on to the big day which is the sixth of September starting at four in the morning with the juvy—a lot of people out here I know wah deh een deh—and the carnival road march kicks off at one p.m. that same day, the sixth, leading off from the corner of Faber’s road and Central American Boulevard.”

Marina Welcome, Jump Street Posse
“We got practice for Jump Street start tomorrow on the block, so be there three o’clock tomorrow, rain or shine, be out there. Jump Street Posse wah deh.”

NICH President Diane Haylock also announced that the Belize City House of Culture is now the official home for the Belize Carnival Association.

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