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Organizers say big changes coming to carnival 

Hundreds of participants took part in last year’s Bahamas Carnival Road Marc, which started at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. FILE

Promising the ultimate “Mas in Paradise”, Polantra Media has launched the 2020 edition of Bahamas Carnival, set to take place May 1-3 in Nassau.

In its third year of owning and managing the festival, Polantra Media said it has made big changes, “organizing the best combination of carnival vibes and entertainment for one unforgettable weekend in paradise”.

Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium will be the venue for major carnival events, an official said.

“We’re changing the way people envision playing mas at Bahamas Carnival,” said Trevor Davis, president of Polantra Media.

“We’re giving it a festival feel. We want as soon as people walk into the stadium, they feel it.

“We’re going to have music playing all day, whether it be from the bands or the artists on the stage.

“In addition, those playing mas will have an actual stage to cross for the first time at Bahamas Carnival. This is where the judging will happen and where revelers will be able to give their all just as they would do in any other carnival.”

While fetes for Bahamas Carnival 2020 will begin earlier in the week, a major joint jouvert on Thursday, April 30, will kick off the hype where attendees will be able to get wet and messy while dancing to some of the biggest soca jams of 2020.

The concert series, according to Davis, will also embrace the festival feel in its new location — the stadium — on May 1 and 2.

Also making its return is the songwriting and music competition, which will give new artists the opportunity to write, record and perform their song for the top prize on the big stage on Friday, May 1.

Thousands are expected to descend on the shores of New Providence for this week of non-stop vibes, giving an added boost to the country’s economy, Polantra officials said.

Rafael Dean, president of the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association, said eight major bands are set to take part in the road march.

“The bands are coming together and getting prepared for launch dates, which are set to begin within a week or so,” he said.

“The carnival product has grown leaps and bounds every year. You know we are bringing more and more tourists to this country who are spending money, which in turn has a trickle-down effect and we couldn’t be happier.”

For more information on “Mas in Paradise” Bahamas Carnival 2020, visit www.carnivalbahamas.com.

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