This year’s registration process will be slightly different from those of previous years. It will be divided into two segments where individuals will be given two forms. The first form requires the usual demographic information but would have a paragraph at the bottom which will state that the individual would have collected the policy statement for the specific event that he or she wishes to participate in.
The other form, which is to be turned in two weeks after the end of the registration process (end of September), will include a statement that indicates the applicant has read, understood and agree to comply with the guidelines in the policy statement.
In an interview with MyVueNews.com, Carnival Chairman Noah Mills stated that the committee will attempt to host discussion panels with specific competitors before they submit the second form. He indicated that it provides an opportunity for participants to seek clarity as to the policy statements and address concerns that might surface having read the policy statements.
Mills said, “People need to start taking the process called registration and carnival serious… 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 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.”
Registration forms can be collected at the Office of the Carnival Secretariat on Victoria Road in Basseterre.