The vision started in 2004 by the then Governor of Cross River State Mr. Donald Duke.
Carnival Calabar also tagged “Africa’s Biggest Street Party” was created as part of the vision to make Cross River State the number one tourist destination for Nigerians and tourist all over the world. The event which begins on every 1st of December and last till the 31stDecember has boosted the cultural prose/mosaic of the Nigerian people while entertaining millions of spectators within and outside the state and boosting industry for all stakeholders. It is a plat form for brand visibility and market awareness.
Recently, Cross River State has become the pride of Nigeria or Africa as far as tourism, carnival and hospitality is concerned.
PROGRAMMES : the programs are drafted each year by the Carnival Commission Board of the state and each year, new activities are inculcated into the plan. In 2009, the ‘Carnival Cup’ a football competition was organized amongst the five Carnival Bands which are Seagull, Passion 4, Master Blaster, Bayside and Freedom Bands.
The festivals also includes music performances from both national and international artist of which are the likes of Lucky Dube, Fat Joe, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Kirk Franklin, Two face Idibia, P square, etc. The festival also embodies performances such as Fashion Show, Beauty pageant, Boat Regatta, Christmas Village, Traditional Dances and the Annual Ekpe festival is a yearly event that brings in Revelers to the state.
This year, the Carnival is taking a new phase as the existing Governor Prof. Ben Ayade is making it an International Carnival with over 10 countries to be in attendance.
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