In an exclusive interview with MyVueNews.com, Chairman Noah Mills stated that, “People need to start taking the process called registration and carnival serious…”
The second term chairman said, “All of the stakeholders need to open up their minds a little bit more to everything else that goes on – all of the processes and how they are related – instead of complaining.”
The process of registration, confirmed Mills, officially begins on Thursday, 1st September, for all carnival events, commercial activities and competitions.
This includes small vendors, contestants for all the shows, such as The National Carnival Queen Pageant, Miss Talented Teen, Mr. GQ, Soca Monarch, Junior and Senior Calypso Competitions, Miss Swimsuit and troupes and bands involved in the J’ouvert and Parade Day.
The closing date for all registration has been set for a two-week period, ending on Thursday 15th September.
The chairman said there needs to be understanding that carnival is a lot bigger than all of us, and we also need to try to understand how our little small cocoon fits into the bigger product called Carnival. He added, “If we do that, then we would have the greatest product in the world.”
However, for most of the competitions, this year’s registration process will be slightly different from previous years.
Mills explained that it will be divided into two segments-where individuals will be given two types of forms.
The first, he added, requires the submission of the usual personal information, but it will also require applicants to sign and certify that they have received and the Policy Statement for their respective events, (competitions), in which they are hoping to compete.
These registration forms says the chairman, can be collected at the Office of the Carnival Secretariat on Victoria Road in Basseterre.
In addition to that first document, Mills indicated that there will be a second official form requiring the applicants to respond, indicating that they have read, understood and agree to comply with the guidelines in the policy statement.
This form however has to be returned to the Carnival Secretariat on Victoria Road, at the end of September.
However, to ensure that all stakeholders are fully aware of the requirements and deadlines, his committee will attempt to host public panel discussions with various groups of competitors, ahead of the (30th September) deadline to submit the “second” form.
During these discussions, Mills promised that the opportunity will be provided to stakeholders to seek clarifications on matters contained in their policy documents. He committed that his committee is willing to listen to any legitimate concerns and will address serious concerns that might be raised by competitors.