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Carnival throws motorists for a loop


JOHN SEALY, [email protected]

Carnival throws motorists for a loop

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MOTORISTS ATTEMPTING to travel on the Spring Garden Highway were thrown into a tailspin as two carnivals took over the stretch running from Holborn Circle to the Frank Worrell roundabout between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. yesterday.

It took a while for police to direct confused motorists who met a roadblock at Lower Fontabelle, St Michael – as the way was readied for the two unrelated carnivals: Joukanal Spring Break Carnival produced by veteran masquerader Chetwin Stewart and the one by University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, back after a break last year.

Stewart said he was hoping to team up with the UWI carnival for one big party but his request for a merger was not taken up, resulting in both events being held on the same day, albeit at staggered times.

“The only concern that I have is that I heard late that they were having [one]. We went ahead planning from last year but we have turned it [our carnival] into a Spring Break carnival. We had approached them to merge but they did not want to,” said Stewart.

It was one big Joukanal as these revellers hit the road yesterday.

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Efforts to contact organisers of the UWI event were unsuccessful.

Stewart said it would have been a lot easier if the two entities had merged to offset costs of police and clean-up services and “we would both make some money”.

He said his aim was to transform from a carnival to Spring Break festival to attract visitors to an annual event.

“The two on the road is not a problem,” he said. (JS)

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