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Doubt over Cavalcades

NATASHA BECKLES, [email protected]

Doubt over Cavalcades

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IT APPEARS ONE of Crop-Over’s main attractions has become a casualty of Government’s financial problems. understands that the popular cavalcades, three of which were scheduled for next month as the usual precursor to the national festival, have been abandoned due to monetary constraints.
Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley is expected to make the official announcement this evening at 4:30 during a Crop-Over media briefing at his ministry’s conference room, Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael.
With Government now enforcing its fiscal consolidation programme and sponsorship harder to come by, it is understood that a decision was taken to cancel the cavalcades, which reliable sources would have cost about $150 000 to produce,
On the 2014 calendar the National Cultural Foundation released a few months ago, there were three cavalcades scheduled for Weymouth Playing Field, St. Michael (May 3), Gall Hill Playing Field, St. John (May 10), and Deacons Playing Field, St. Michael (May 16).(SC)