O’Garro told MiyVue.com in an interview, “we are set out to improve the product that we have right now, because most of the other islands have taken off in a certain direction, which has given them prominence in the world and definitely St. Kitts/Nevis need to improve their product to stay competitive with them.”
Tight-lipped about new features added to this year’s carnival, the committee chairman said “there will be new features, lots of innovations” and over the next couple of weeks they will reveal the programme. He however encouraged persons to follow the updated activities on their facebook page.
Asked about immediate changes to the carnival product, O’Garro said they are seriously considering improving the venue for the carnival which he said has been a concern for some time, “so fans are in for a surprise when it comes to attending the shows.”
He said they have also prioritized improving the national parade. With respect to sponsors, the chairman said they have been talking to lots of sponsors who’ve already returned positive responses toward giving their support for this year’s event.
The Carnival Committee chairman said they are mindful of the current economic slow-down, “we still have to bear the cost in mind (and) if there is no support we have to find the money from somewhere.”
Meanwhile, O’Garro said the committee has been fortunate to have the subvention of the government, adding however they are very creative with their finances this year which he opined will ensure that they have a product everyone is happy with.
Other committee members include Deputy Chair- Shannon Hawley, Carol Boddie- responsible for Finance, Dennis Richards- Production and Carnival Art Development, Nicole Gumbs- Pageants, Vincent Fough- Street Activities and Community Festivals, Lester Ible- Street Booths and Vendors, Ivor Blake- Security & Public Safety, Hilarine ‘Donna’ Morton- Secretary and Shirley Adams- Secretariat.