Festivals Minister says Carnival 2021 still on

Matthew, Carnival Minister

When asked whether the government has called off Carnival 2021, Minister of Festivals Daryll Matthew simply answered “no.”

In fact, he said that his Ministry is eager to announce some major plans for next year’s summer festival.

“I believe that following the Christmas celebrations perhaps as soon as the first week in January you will hear some very exciting news about carnival 2021,” he said speaking on a radio show yesterday.

 “For those of you who love to play mass and who love your calypso and your soca and what not, Carnival 2021 is going to be something special because it is the carnival that is going to be the launch pad for our 40th anniversary of independence and so when you hear the plans and the announcements in the coming weeks. I’m sure you’ll get as excited as I am now,” he added.

And before Matthew was cut off, he began to suggest that an incoming vaccine would facilitate the Carnival festivities.

This year, carnival was canceled early when the cabinet accepted Matthew’s proposal to do just that.

Matthews’ recommendation was based on the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic had begun streaming into the shores of Antigua.

The festivities were scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 4.

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  1. LMAO so that’s the plan to get the fetters vaccinated…Ya wah play mass take the shot…..

  2. This guy got jokes .. And no I’m not going to as excited as you are because you only see money they can’t even handle what’s in front of them now

  3. Can somebody tell that man sit down and be quite. He’s like the kid in the room trying to attention shuups .

  4. It is very irresponsible of the minister Matthew and the government to state that they are planning this spectacular carnival.

    You torment the local people and charge them and fine them in this SOE. Extend it to March and then just in time for the tourist for sailing week and for the money from carnival you end everything and COVID is no problem no more.

    Talks of vaccine in this poor little country when there weren’t high numbers of covid. I hope you all can treat all the people that get sick from the vaccine as people have been in England and the US.

    Antigua if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. You might find bigger problems.

    As for carnival, will you social distance!?! You people are such a joke. This government and the whole COVID situation was a damn joke.

    Shame on you Daryl Matthew and the government. Is either we in the middle of a pandemic .. where you been harassing the local people OR everything is good now! But just in time for carnival! Nonsense

  5. @Miss Lady, I believe for comments to the minister was a but harsh and rude.

    Now part of the Ministers portfolio is to execute the carnival festivity and he is doing just that. I am sure the minister and the government is still aware of the ongoing pandemic but that cannot stop you from planning. Ebola was far more deadly that COVID and quickly disappeared. Now should a similar disappearance occur once enough orders for the COVid vaccine is made and no planning was done, he would have failed to plan.

    So the Minister is quite right to continue with his plans for carnival with a positive mindset. However, if the situation with the pandemic continues like present and he decides to execute the event, then he would have failed his people.

    • JBF MAN SIT DOWN . Where was she rude in her comments . Some express their feeling and emotions differently . Who’re you to say she’s rude because he’s a Government Minster. Guys like you that walk around with your head up in the air Sounds like a real kiss ass .

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