The Carnival Calabar witnessed the victory of the Calas Vegas Band, led by former Culture and Tourism Minister Chief Edem Duke, as the overall winner of the competitive events.
Quoting a reveller, “The band, a fresh addition, captivated the crowd with their vibrant performances, stunning costumes, and theatrical artistry.”
Their display showcased the allure of Cross River, portraying its lush green landscapes and inviting tourism spots.
Passion 4 Band, boasting a history of wins, secured the second spot under the leadership of Chief Chris Agibe. Meanwhile, Sen. Florence Ita-Giwa’s Seagull band claimed third position in the fiercely contested carnival.
Other competing bands included Bayside, Diamond, Freedom, and Master Blaster, each adding their unique essence to the festivities.
In the Children’s Carnival Category, Passion 4 emerged victorious, while Seagull Band and Calas Vegas secured the second and third positions, respectively.
In the Local Government Area Category, Odukpani clinched the top spot, followed by Akpabuyo and Calabar South.
Highlighting the diversity of culture, Akwa Ibom emerged as the winner in the Cultural Festival, with Ebonyi securing second place, and Edo and Ondo tying for third among the states.
The street party segment, spanning 12 kilometres from Millennium Park to the UJ Esuene Stadium, dazzled attendees. Each band aligned their performances with the carnival’s theme, “Season of Sweetness,” impressing the jury.
The grand event attracted esteemed personalities from across the nation.