A Big CDC Thank You

Carnival 2013

Antigua St. John's - Minister with responsibility for Carnival Eleston Adams and Chairman of the Carnival Development Committee (CDC) Kayode O’Marde joined other members to express profound thanks and appreciation to all Carnival stakeholders.

Via release, special recognition was given to the various sponsors, sub-committees, judges, contestants, performers, artisans, musicians, mas troupes, vendors, security forces, media, participants, and the people of Antigua and Barbuda who were instrumental in making Carnival 2013 successful.

A special thanks was also extended to all returning nationals and to the many visitors who were a part of “Sweet Misbehaving,” enjoying music, mas, and revelry. We salute all winners in the various competitions, and applaud your participation.

A release said, “Carnival is built on the idea of escaping the normal - where culture, colour and personalities come alive to interact in one united festival. Our Carnival started through the ‘misbehaviour’ of former enslaved persons. Freed men and women celebrated their newfound freedom on August 1st [Emancipation Day throughout the region] without restraint and inhibition, but with absolute joy and enthusiasm.

“Through our ‘Sweet Misbehaving,’ we embraced the beauty of language and movement; we celebrated liberty and the freedoms of our culture; we reveled in the creativity and joyfulness of the festival. In other words, we highlighted the ability of the people our nation to come together to do something extraordinary – beyond our daily routine.”

Sweet misbehaving is all that is Carnival - sweet music, sweet pan, sweet soca, sweet calypso, sweet colour, sweet design, sweet j’ouvert, sweet pageantry, sweet carnival... all the sweet reasons to misbehave sweetly, and together. 

The CDC said, “It is our hope that the unity and spirit of oneness displayed during Carnival 2013 will continue to live throughout the year.”


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