Ahead of the Calabar Carnival, Calabar Municipal Garden have been chosen as the 2017 Calabar Carnival Village.
The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade said the village was chosen based on its central location and easy accessibility to tourists.
Calabar Municipal Garden Adopted As 2017 Calabar Carnival Village
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Inyang Asibong who represented the Governor, stated that the village will be the venue for funfair and market for Christmas shopping.
He also stated that adequate security measures will be put in place to ensure the protection of tourists and fun seekers.
“It is to the glory of God that we have witnessed the first and second dry run of the 2017 Calabar carnival”
“I wish to declare the 2017 Calabar carnival village open to all. The 2017 carnival will be better and bigger.”
“We have put in place more convenient facilities in this village that would serve the taste of our expected tourists.”
“I wish to assure all those coming in for the carnival of adequate security.”
“Calabar carnival is the largest street party in Africa. It is time for the world to visit Calabar again for that fun fair,’’ he said.
Ayade stated that the carnival has in the past years promoted unity and fostered a strong relationship between Nigeria and the International community.
The 31-day festival is expected to kick-off today.
“We have a segment for food and drinks, recreational centre, Christmas wears and accessories, with a good sanitary system and tight security.”
“We also have trash cans in different spots where consumed items can be disposed’’, he said.
Major roundabouts along the carnival routes have been decorated with sparkling colours and lightings, while shops and buildings are being painted with blue and white to reflect the state colours.
Photos From Calabar Carnival 2016