Some Carnival bands made a profit, some didn’t, but economy the real winner
There was a mixed bag of Bahamas Carnival groups that made a profit this year and those that lost money, said new president of the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association (BCBOA) Rafael Dean. However, he said the big picture for the festival is economic stimulation, which he said is being achieved.
Despite Bahamas Carnival being in its fourth year, carnival bands are still trying to find the right formula for success, Dean contended, but he insisted that the economy continues to be the real winner from the festival.
According to Dean, everyone from carpenters to welders, graphic designers to costume designers, and security guards to janitorial service providers are benefiting from the carnival.
He added that the change in the route this year, which took carnival participants up University Drive to the six-legged roundabout and then to Bay Street, afforded more vendors the opportunity to sell goods; the route also encouraged more spectators.
“Once you have something for sale during carnival time you’re assured to make some money,” he said.
Dean said there are now discussions being had on how to incorporate more Bahamian culture into the carnival product.
He said the relationship between Polantra Media and the BCBOA is strong and that Polantra has continued to make the Bahamas Carnival brand strong, especially given that government funding of the festival has been retracted.
He said BCBOA and Polantra are planning a joint launch possibly by the end of the month, much sooner than Bahamas Carnival has been launched in the past three years.