Dominica News reports that five communities in Dominica—Portsmouth, Kalinago Territory, St. Joseph, Mahaut, and Grandbay—have agreed to participate in the Roseau National Traditional Band Parade on Carnival Monday. The Carnival City [Eddie Andre Carnival City] is now named after Eddie Andre, a famous local pan player who passed away on January 10, 2014. The two days of street jump-up will be held on Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
[CEO of the Discover Dominica Authority Colin] Piper stated further that for the first time in a while organizers will centralize the shows at what they are now calling the Eddie Andre Carnival City in Pottersville. The Carnival City is now named after Andre who was a famous pan player. He passed away on Monday 10th, January 2014.
“We anticipate up to 9 shows at Carnival City,” Piper stated. “We will also open the City on selected days from 4:00pm to 9:00pm with food, music and beverages available to patrons.”
He said there will also be a children’s playing area and a Mobile LED Screen to show movies and excerpts of past Carnivals on the large screen.
Piper also revealed that on the road on Carnival Monday Midnight Groovers and the Original Bouyon Pioneers will perform to bring back the tradition and nostalgia. “And on Tuesday we will be working with the First Serenade to ensure that they are on the road to provide the Calypsos that we all know and love,” he noted.
He mentioned further that a will team will be travelling abroad to St Maarten and Antigua and Barbuda to begin the overseas promotions. “We are doing that because we have access through WINAIR coming from St Martin and obviously LIAT through Antigua and of course there will be others,” Piper explained. “So we will be using a mix of online media platforms and traditional media to mobilize public support and participation to the festivities.”
“As a country we must take greater ownership of the Carnival Program by organizing in our communities, blocks, grouping of friends and schools to create a more vibrant and dynamic Carnival,” he said. [. . .]