Two-time Best Festival Designer Kevin Small is willing to embrace changes for the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment next year, after Minister of Culture John King suggested the jump should go back to its Warrens starting point and end at 7 p.m.
Small said costs of costume packages, alcohol and security might have to increase to facilitate the extended road time.
He was speaking at Consolidated Finance in Hastings, Christ Church, yesterday where he received his winnings of an $82 900 Kia Cerato.
Small, of Fifth Element Mas, took the Robert Weekes Award in Grand Kadooment and his Kiddies Band dominated Junior Kadooment, scoring the most points.
“I am sure the masqueraders would appreciate the extended route. I am open to changes and I am willing to give it a try. However, I know that the other bandleaders will be concerned about the costs to put a band on the road for that length of time, so that is something we would really have to control in-house and on a national level so that it does not become a hazard,” he said.
“But I have no problem giving it a try. I don’t believe in knocking it until you try it, so we’ll definitely give it a shot and see how we can deal with it in our plan of action for 2020,” Small added.
Manager of administration at the National Cultural Foundation, Wayne Webster; marketing manager at Co-operators General Insurance Cheryl Forde, and chief executive officer of Consolidated Finance Rolf Phillips all congratulated Small on his victory.
Phillips said the company planned to sign on for another year. (TG)