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Wednesday, July 22, 2009 –  An innovative proposal has been placed on the drawing board for carnival's future growth and development. Chairman of the Cultural Development Foundation, Milton Branford Junior, is suggesting that Carnival Tuesday be declared a full-fledged holiday.


This, as the Cultural Development Foundation attempted this year, to make adjustments to the announcement by the Ministry of National Security to shorten carnival festivities to a 6 p.m. shut down.


Since then calls have been made for both Carnival Monday and Tuesday, to become designated full holidays in order to accommodate early end to festivities, while providing revellers enough time to parade on the road.


“We have a half day on a Saturday, let's work the entire Saturday and give the Tuesday a holiday,” Mr. Brandford said in an interview with the GIS, while on the road on Carnival Tuesday. "We planned ahead of time for the things that came up and I think that we handled it quite well. I must say I'm one of the traditional guys who wish that we can go further than 6 p.m. But as it has been yesterday and today I think we've handled it quite well.”


Approximately 19 local bands, six from the French Departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe, paraded on the carnival route, from Choc to the city centre.

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