2013 Carnival's Media Launch Held at English Harbour

2013 Carnival's Media Launch Antigua St. John's - The Copper & Lumber Hotel in Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, was a buzz of activity on Saturday as the Carnival Development Committee held its media launch.

Reigning calypso monarch De Bear, along with Singing Queen Althea and a number of Sponsor representatives, were on hand for the launch.

Minister of Parliament for St. Paul and the man responsible for the annual event Eleston "Namba" Adams was also present.

The minister promised a successful summer festival for everyone willing to participate.

"A successful carnival is one where there is full participation, from the Prime Minister to the man in the street," Adams told members of the press.

Key stakeholders of the festival, dubbed the Caribbean's greatest summer festival, pan men, mas players and sponsors pledged their continued support for the carnival.

Neil Cochrane, Marketing executive for Kennedy's Club, said that his company has invested heavily in carnival and is pleased with the relationship.

"This is our thirteenth consecutive year of sponsorship and we value this relationship  tremendously," Cochrane said.

"We have invested more than $1.5 million into carnival and we intend to continue to support what we consider a cultural explosion of talent that we see every year at this time."

"Apart from the monies that we give to the Carnival Development Committee, we also support other aspects of carnival including, mas, pan, calypso, which all make up the festival."

According to Cochrane, as much as 50% of Wadadli Brewery's marketing budget goes toward the sponsorship of carnival, which ironically may end after this year's event.

Other sponsors of this year's festival include, Lime, State Insurance Corporation, the Source Clothing Store, LIAT, Scotia Bank, and the Antigua Commercial Bank.

Tizzy and Claudette Peters, two of the top female Soca artists in the country, along with Tian Winter were also present at the launch of carnival 2013.

The three are expected to battle for the Soca crown in what should be a hotly contested competition this year. There were performances by Hell's Gate Steel Orchestra, JBI dancers as well as the Elite Dancers during the media launch.

President of the Pan Association Patrick "Stone" Johnson told the press that this year's competition will be a brand new affair where the bands will be able to showcase their talents.

"The bands will be able to play any song that has not been played in panorama before," said Johnson, who acknowledged the contributions of ACB to the development of young players to the art form.


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clown show?

#5 Watch & Wait » 2013-06-18 16:37

Was the "make-up" done by VCNG? Terrible!

Watch & Wait

Fi real

#4 Bla Bla Bla » 2013-06-10 13:05

Dr. Glass you not seeing right.

Bla Bla Bla

check ur Vita Malt label next time

#3 gangnam style » 2013-06-10 11:59

According to Cochrane, as much as 50% of Wadadli Brewery's marketing budget goes toward the sponsorship of carnival, which ironically may end after this year's event.
Wadadli Brewery???? Last time I checked the Vita Malt label it said it was bottled and brewed in St. Vincent on behalf of Antigua Brewery. (so disappointing). :sigh: Please clarify. Thank you.

gangnam style

Less is more

#2 Dr. Glass » 2013-06-10 11:02

The young ladies are obviously pretty. They would have done well with more subtle makeup.

Dr. Glass

left & right

#1 Have Mercy! » 2013-06-10 09:49

Is the DRAG QUEEN look the theme for this year's Carnival Queen contestants? A picture is really worth a thousand words.

Have Mercy!

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