Street vendors complain that Carnival, to date, has been a loss and are hoping that sales will pick up over upcoming events

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Vendors are hoping they will be able to turn a profit before the Carnival season ends, especially at the upcoming Monday and Tuesday events: Jou’vert, the Mas’ parades and Las’ Lap.

Many vendors complained they did not make any money during the official opening of Carnival on Wednesday, July 27, since they were not situated on the parade route.

Reportedly, these small-business owners were placed on St. Mary’s Street; but the parade came down Redcliffe Street, moved onto Thames Street and then up High Street, instead.

“Sweet Dee,” a well-known vendor who sells iced coffees and slushy drinks, says the people who turned out to view the parade followed the procession, and so the vendors barely made any money.

She notes that she made a few sales, since it was a hot day and spectators wanted a cool drink; but, even so, she did not break even.

The food vendors, meanwhile, had a very rough time and a lot of the food they prepared went to waste, she says.

The businesswoman is of the opinion that the event was poorly publicized and something better could have been done.

Meanwhile, Franz deFreitas, the United Progressive Party (UPP) Candidate for St. John’s City South, is agreeing with others that this is the worst-organized festival since Carnival began several decades ago.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Why AntiguaNewsRoom doing this to its readers? There seems to be an Agenda at hand with all your articles and it’s not cute. Why is the Observer Radio’s guy name must come in all these articles?

  2. It’s Covid and Monkeypox carnival, where nudity, vulgarity and abuse of alcohol by teens. These are burning issues that should be addressed otherwise we are going to loose a generation of youth.
    People a still eat from people selling by the side of the road at this point? I did not even hear the ministry of health put on the vendor and food handlers classes. Except telling people to social distance to prevent catching Covid and monkeypox , while we jam and wine.

  3. G-R-E-A-T-F-U-L would not know JACK SHIT about anything to do with carnival or this country.

    He left Wadadli donkey years ago and now faking a “fresh water yankee” accent.

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