Rain simulation brings difference to UWI Carnival
Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
With just under one week to go, The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona is getting ready for its annual Campus Carnival celebration, which is geared to be one of the biggest in the campus' history.
The carnival celebrations, which will run from today through to Sunday with a packed weekend of activities, have been dubbed 'World Tour: Soca Cruise'.
The celebrations kick off with a special Integration Thursday party, which will also be used to launch UWI Carnival.
According to Jamie James, the cultural and entertainment affairs chairperson representing the Guild of Students, this year's carnival will be bigger and better.
An enthusiastic James revealed that the opening is expected to kick-start an exciting weekend, billed to give the campus a taste of carnivals from all over the world.
UWI WORLD TOUR: Soca Cruise Carnival will feature the highly anticipated J'Ouvert party in a new, expanded venue on Friday, followed by the very popular road march on Saturday.
The road march is expected to flood the Ring Road with colours and designs from around the world. Band presentations will also come from the UWI's halls of residence in collaboration with Island Mas, Jamborii Mas and the Trinidad and Tobago Students Association.
A beach party will bring an end to the celebrations on Sunday at Fort Clarence Beach.
James, in outlining the programme, has promised an improved carnival with larger venues, more bars and the finest DJs the Caribbean has to offer.
According to James, patrons will also benefit from new additions, such as a season band and a drinks-inclusive ticket for J'Ouvert.
"This year's J'Ouvert promises to deliver the experience of a lifetime," James said.
J'Ouvert will be held on the lawns across from the Students' Union and will feature a canopy which is supposed to simulate rain.
"We want to encourage all to come out and experience this year's Campus Carnival," James said.