(Cross River State Governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke admiring acrobatic display by the Ebonyi State Cultural Troupe in Calabar. Photo: Filed)
(Cross River State Governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke admiring acrobatic display by the Ebonyi State Cultural Troupe in Calabar. Photo: Filed)

The annual Calabar Festival?s Cultural Parade again lived up to its billing as 22 States, 18 Local Government Areas of Cross River State and more than 8 cultural groups took part in the 2014 edition of the cultural parade.

(Cross River State Governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke admiring acrobatic display by the Ebonyi State Cultural Troupe in Calabar. Photo: Filed)
(Cross River State Governor, Sen. Liyel Imoke admiring acrobatic display by the Ebonyi State Cultural Troupe in Calabar. Photo: Filed)

The 4 kilometre parade which took off at the Millennium Park through Mary Slessor Avenue, Marian and IBB, terminated at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, featuring a mixture of arrays of cultures, costumes, dances, instruments and kaleidoscope of? colours? from the? various troupes depicting the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria.

 

Speaking at the flag-off of the event, the State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, accompanied by top government officials and representatives of the various participating groups, raised the hope that the festival, which is growing in leaps and bounds will always introduce innovations that will make it more attractive to tourists each year. According to him: ?This cultural parade has come to stay and it is very important as we grow the festival year after year.

 

For us, it is an opportunity for us to celebrate our culture, our heritage and our wealth as a people and it?s critical for us as we celebrate our nationhood. The festival has a number of varieties and options. It?s exciting, it?s brilliant, it?s colorful and has a lot of talents on display as people who have tremendous cultural resources are all being displayed here in Calabar as we celebrate.? According to the Chairman, Carnival Calabar Commission, Mr. Gabe Onah, over 25 States indicated interest to participate in the parade while foreign troupes were unable to meet up traveling modalities this year. As part of the 32-Day Calabar festivities, several free shows and entertainment activities were held every evening and late into the nights at? the venues: The Millennium Park, The U J Esuene Stadium, The Cultural Centre Complex, Marina Beach and Resort, Tinapa and The Botanical Garden….

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