The Carnival Development Committee CDC officially launched Carnival 2012 last night at the Royal Antiguan Resort. (click here for more photos)
Members of the various media houses were present, along with CDC committee members, Government officials, sponsors, Mas leaders and artistes.
Minister of Carnival the Hon. Eleston Adams congratulated the new C.D.C. Chairman Mr. Kayode O’marde on not only his appointment but his efficient handling of the position. Minister Adams said that O’marde and the CDC sub-committees should be commended for building on the foundation laid over the previous years and carnival 2012 promises to be successful.
CDC Chairman Kayode O’marde, welcomed those at the Carnival launch and while noting some of the difficulties the CDC faces, mentioned his Committees’ resolve to make the Caribbean’s greatest summer festival successful.
Mr. O’marde spoke highly of the commitment of his team and the inclusion of the National Festivals Committee to work along with the CDC. He expressed his appreciation for the Sponsors who have returned to assist the festival and also to the artistes and Mas Bands who have once again committed themselves to Carnival 2012 despite previous grievances.
The audience was treated to performances by last year’s Jumpy Soca Monarch winner Hard Knaxx and his crew, as well as former Party and Groovy Soca Monarch winner Tian Winter. Repeat Party and Soca Monarch winner Claudette “CP” Peters also took to the stage and gave the audience a sample of her new releases.
Mas Bands brought color and vibrancy to the already charged atmosphere with their beautiful costumes and head pieces. The atmosphere was one of anticipation, revelry and good vibes.
“In Living Colour” is this year’s theme for Carnival 2012 and by all accounts it promises to be the greatest summer festival.