Wednesday, 2 January 2013
2012 Carnival Calabar
With the 2012 theme being “Celebrating a new dawn” the 2012 carnival featured the regular competing bands namely, the Passsion4 band, in its delectable green colour, the Seagulls band, in its magnificent red colour, Bayside band, in its aquamarine blue colour, the Master Blaster band a.k.a. the band for the hip, bold and beautiful, who looked gorgeous in their orange colour, while the Freedom band in its yellow colour added a sparkle of sunshine to the event.
After the Passion4 Band came, the Seagulls Band in their red colour, showcased their dexterity in costumes and choreography; led by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa who was flanked by her guests from Nollywood – an annual culture for the band to bring Nigerian actors and actresses on its float, the band did the same this year with Emeka Anyiocha playing its Adult King.
The Bayside Band were next, displaying what in my opinion was the worst performance of the band, this is coming from their winning record a few years ago, the costumes were less sophisticated, the choreography? Just okay. But their membership has also dwindled over the years.
The 2012 Carnival Calabar, also had a spice of the Latin American Carnival culture as the Sao Paolo Vai Vai Samba Carnival Band of Brazil, winners of the 2012 Brazilian Carnival were invited to attend and perform at the event, they displayed their traditional Samba dance which got the crowds cheering, though many had reservations about their costumes. At the end of the day, the Masterblaster Band came tops on the winner’s table clinging the price of N10m, while Passion4 band came second place wining N5m, and Freedom Band went home with N3m.