Tourism Minister Ian Douglas has described the official opening of Dominica’s 2014 carnival celebrations a success.
The carnival celebration kicked into high gear on Saturday afternoon with an opening parade in which several beautifully decorated floats and groups participated in, while huge crowds of spectators gathered alongside the streets of the City.
The parade highlighted the colour and splendor of Dominica’s Carnival with costume bands, traditional masquerade groups like the Sensei’s, Flag Wavers, Bwa Bwas, HiFi bands, and contestants of various pageants.
“The action starts now, the excitement is here and we are all here. All the elements that make up Mas Dominik was present on the road today, your unique and special distinctive carnival season is opened in the Nature Island of the world,” Douglas said.
“I want to salute all of those who have made the carnival opening a success, I deem carnival opening a success and that says the carnival 2014 will be a success,” he added.
Minster Douglas called on revelers to celebrate the carnival in a manner that reflects this year’s theme Nous Konnet Viv [We know how to live].
“We understand in creole the heart of our culture what we mean when we say Nou Konnet Viv, fully aware of the responsibility which we have to celebrate carnival in a manner that truly reflects our common humanity, not only as West Indians with a common heritage and a history, but a common humanity as world people,” he said.
Culture Minister Justina Charles admonished citizens to play their part in preserving the country’s culture, and to make the 2014 Carnival season a peaceful one.
“Let us play our part in living that theme in a positive way, let us issue a word of caution to those who may be inclined to engage themselves in any anti-social behavior or any activity that is in contravention to the law of this land.
Meanwhile, Collin Piper, chief executive director of the Discover Dominica Authority said the launching is testimony of what is to come during the next three weeks.
“We saw a lot of Dominica’s culture on parade today and from a tourism stand point this is what we want people to come to the destination to experience”.
The aim is that these visitors would return home and tell their friends of the experience here. In that way, their friends could be enticed to visit the island.
He noted however that behind the scenes there has been a lot of collaboration to make this day possible and “that’s what we want people to come Dominica to experience”.
Several activities have been planned in different communities over the next few weeks leading up to the annual street jump up on March 3 and 4.
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