Revelling with a cause

Saturday, April 14, 2018

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SUNDAY'S Carnival road march saw thousands of costume-clad revellers making their way throughout the Corporate Area in their respective bands — Xaymaca International, Xodus and Bacchanal Jamaica.

Many of the revellers were repeat visitors to Jamaica's Carnival offering.

Xayamaca revellers Britain's Sasha Cross, Venicia Daniels from Bermuda, New Yorker Brienne Herbert, and Vanessa Graham from Trinidad and Tobago were all back for a second “tour of duty”.

“The people are the ones who make me come back... And I just love it here,” Graham told the Jamaica Observer.

T&T's Nikitha Cornwall gave Jamaica's Carnival thumbs up.

“Jamaica Carnival is a wonderful experience,” she said.

The tourism ministry is hailing the season as a success as it saw a spike in visitor arrival from 12.4 per cent over the previous period for the first week in April. A total of 51,384 visitors were logged as arriving to Jamaica's shores.

“This is best we've done in the first week of April and this comes on the heels of a record-breaking March. So we're on track,” Ed Bartlett, minister of tourism, told the Jamaica Observer.

“Carnival has become a product that we are marketing within the framework of entertainment and culture... We want to work with the mas bands to create a wider spread to areas like Ocho Rios and MoBay... We want it to get into more areas,” he continued.

Here are some scenes the Jamaica Observer caught on camera.

— Brian Bonitto

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