The 2021 Calabar Carnival has been designed to hold inside the UJ Esuene Sports Stadium due to the COVID-19 protocols.

The Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Eric Anderson, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Calabar.

Anderson said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic that have ravaged the world, activities for 2021 carnival have been designed to be carried out within the stadium.

He said that there was no plan for the participants to dance through the 12-km routes along major streets in Calabar as was done in the past years.

The Commissioner said that Gov. Ben Ayade will unveil the theme of the carnival on Nov. 29.
“I can tell you authoritatively that the carnival will hold this year. The Governor will unveil the theme on Nov. 29.

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“I have made contact with the band leaders to be part of the meeting on Nov. 29. We have decided to host the festival inside the stadium because we are serious about the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols.

“The stadium will help us to control the crowd and space the sitting arrangement for people to watch the live show.

“It’s going to be a fun-filled moment as usual; Calabar Carnival will hold this year,” he assured. (NAN)