Carnival is supposed to be all about togetherness and jamming; but that unity vibe has not been so forthcoming regarding UWI’s Carnival and Joukanal.
There has been some confusion surrounding the two carnivals, which are both taking place on Saturday at the same time and on the same route.
Bajan Vibes sought out the organizers of both sides to have the matter cleared up.
One of the organizers of Joukanal, Jason “Simmz” Simmons offered an explanation of the “confusion”.
“I know the public has been quite confused as to what’s going on, and it’s really unfortunate. There are two different carnivals.
“Last year, when UWI pulled out at the last minute, Joukanal was born. We stepped in to save the bandleaders who had already invested a lot in the carnival; and we had a good time.
“We initially offered to partner with UWI and they turned us down. We offered again this year to partner with them and they turned us down. So we went ahead with our carnival, and they decided they would bring back UWI Carnival this year.
“Having two carnivals the same time really doesn’t make sense to me. I’m quite confused as to why they are taking that stance because it’s bigger than us. It’s all for the people and to ensure they have a good time,” Simmz said.
And amidst all the stress of having to work out the logistics, Simmz told Bajan Vibes that the show must go on.
“We just want the public to know that there are two different carnivals. Joukanal will be moving off from the Party Stand at 1:30 p.m. and going up the Spring Garden Highway, right up to Esso Black Rock, and coming back down to the Party Stand.
“We are asking all our revellers to assemble at the Party Stand from 11 a.m. so we can party and build a vibe before the jump.”
Simmz said there were seven bands, with an expected total of between 300 and 350 revellers, whose jumping he was encouraging spectators to come watch and enjoy.
“We will have very tight security to ensure our revellers have a good time. The police are working really well with us, and we expect our revellers to have a good time,” the organizer said.
He added that this year, the after-party would be at Socatology at Kensington Oval from 8 p.m.
Additionally, Simmz wished both Carnivals a successful jump and urged revellers from both Carnivals to be safe and have a great time.Efforts to reach organizers of the UWI Carnival for comment proved futile.