During the J’Ouvert, Grand Parade and Las Lap events, MiyVue.com spoke to several persons who shared mixed feelings about the entire celebrations of Carnival.
One patron who was at the National Carnival Grand Parade said that in comparison to parades of previous years, this season was what he described as, “poorly organized”, adding that more could have been done to avoid the late starts.
“People usually turn out late for these events. We all know that, but generally, most of the events, if not all, started late. They would say 7:30 for the Calypso tents and then around 7:00 they setting up stage,” the patron said.
But, it was not all bad. Some patrons told this media house that the judging for the events was “fair”, adding that there were less complaints by patrons who attended several of the events.
“I could say one thing for sure, the judging was ok. In the past, we had, after every show, people cussing and angry over the outcome. But for the events I attended, there hasn’t been anyone saying it was not judged fairly,” a female patron said.
A visitor from United States, said that in comparing Sugar Mas 42 to Sugar Mas 43, there was a more “festive feeling” among revelers who were a part of the troupes.
“I can’t complain. I have been coming to St. Kitts Carnival for the past four years, and it just keeps getting better. What I loved about this year is the fact that more people from around the world are coming to be part of it, and that’s a really good thing,” the visitor said.
The calendar for the 43rd Annual Carnival included several changes, particularly the removal of the popular International Night and the Band Clash. For some, the removal of these shows made carnival less appealing.
“I always looked forward to International Night during carnival. This year (2014) was the first time they removed the night from carnival, and to me, people weren’t so hyped about Sugar Mas,” the patron said.
However, National Carnival Committee Chairman Sylvester Anthony, in November 2014, explained that the removal of both International and Band Clash nights were decisions made in order to assist privately organized carnival events.
Anthony told this media house that after the loss of revenue due to the cancellation of the show in December 2013, the team decided to temporarily remove International Night in order to assist with other private events instead.
“What we find would happen is that when the Carnival Committee hosted its International Night, other private events like Inception and Cooler Fete, who bring regional and international artiste feel the squeeze,” Anthony said.
Several other persons told this publication that Carnival could have been better if more persons participated during the Grand Parade celebrations, which included several new troupes.