St. Vincent and the Grenadines, (iWitness News SVG) – The Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) is promising an energetic Vincy May 2022, as the festival returns after a two-year hiatus because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The CDC’s Co-ordinator of Shows, Anthony Dennie told a press conference that while the festival is open to patrons regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status, the CDC is “pretty much still sensitive to the fact that the COVID-19 is here…
“Things are very much looking pretty good for Vincy Mas 2022. I just want to appeal to persons out there that while going about, whether it’s a CDC event, a private event that you are attending, let us all keep in the back of our minds that we are still very much in a pandemic.
“Yes, the protocols have been relaxed and yes there is no mask mandate but whatever you can do personally to safeguard yourself and safeguard those around you, the Carnival Development Corporation is appealing that you adhere and do so.
“We know that it has been a while and especially over the last two to three days [of the festival], I envisage there is going to be an explosion of persons heading into Kingstown.”
He said the festival kicks off next week Friday, June 24, with the calypso semifinals, dubbed, “Ting Nice Agen”.
At that show, 22 calypsonians will be vying for 10 spots in the finals.
Wetty Beatz, a Vincentian artiste based in France, will headline calypso semi-finals, which will also feature a guest appearance by Calypso Monarch Shaunelle Mackenzie and Trinidadian calypsonian, Edwin “Crazy” Ayoung.
The festival continues on June 25, with Junior Carnival, which, Dennie said, will be different this year.