The Carenage will come alive on Saturday evening as thousands are expected to flock the Carenage to participate in the launch of Spice Mas 2K13 which begins at 4:30 p.m.
Chairman of the Spice Mas Corporation (SMC), Arthur Hosten on Monday told the local media at a press conference that rhythm and steel would vibrate the atmosphere as Grenadians get ready for the annual festival.
Hosten said that a badge would be on the water, bleachers will be erected and a VIP area established to enhance the atmosphere.
Traditional Mas Bands will traverse from the Public Library building area while Steelbands and fancy Mas bands will parade from Tanteen onto the Carenage for the start of the ceremony.
According to Hosten, the Carenage will be decorated in such a way to give an intimate family setting that encourages everyone to participate in the festival.
Grenada’s foremost Cultural Ambassador, Edson “Ajamu” Mitchell, will be a feature for this year’s Carnival season as he celebrates his 50th birthday, 30 years of which has been dedicated to showcasing to the Grenadian people his music in calypso and soca.
The Spice Mas organisers disclosed that special arrangements will be made to accommodate children attending the activity with the Basketball Court being used to facilitate activities such as face painting, bouncing castles and other child-friendly activities.
The Hosten-led body is warning private companies to seek permission from the Secretariat before making any plans for activities within the designated June 1 to August 24 period as SMC’s work will be fully protected (Copyright).
Hosten promises that the Corporation will safeguard all its sponsors from ambush marketing.
LIME General Manager Angus Steele reinforced the zero tolerance attitudes for company brand protection saying his company will ensure that their brand is protected.
This is the second of LIME’s three-year partnership with SMC, and Steele assures the public that they will continue to play an integral role to ensure the success of Spice Mas 2K13.
This year’s carnival activities will be held without the Carnival Queen Show as a cost-cutting measure.
The SMC chairman said that due to financial challenges they are unable to host the show, adding that while the contest was able to generate good patronage, the business side has been a disaster, leaving the SMC struggling to meet its financial commitments.
Spice Mas Director, Alister Bain, who is responsible for the corporation’s finances told the media that SMC is financially challenged and is forced to find creative ways to generate money to pay off in excess of $400,000.00 in unpaid bills.
Bain is thankful to traditional sponsors of Spice Mas such as title sponsor LIME as well as the Grenada National Lottery Authority (NLA) whose assistance have helped to shoulder their financial burden.
He said that Government last week Friday paid its first subvention installment in excess of $200,000.00. The full commitment from Government for the past three years is $700,000.00.
Bain said that systems are being put in place to settle outstanding debts to all creditors.
The SMC is promising that Spice Mas 2K13 will be without controversy unlike previous years.
As it currently stands the controversial “White in the Moonlight” involving promoters with close ties to the ruling New National Party (NNP) that resulted in the show proceeding last year following a High Court decision will not be a concern this year.
Hosten gave assurances that the show, carded for Moonlight City at La Potrie in St. Andrew’s, would proceed as planned.