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December 26, 2008
The Carnival Calabar formally started in the Millennium year 2000 and was initially listed as one of the events to mark the Cross River State Annual Christmas Festival. Featuring models of the major landmarks of Cross River State like the famous Export commodity - Cocoa pod, the low land Gorilla of the last rain forest of West Africa, the leopard of the Ekpe Cultural group, the Old Residency building which once served as seat of Government for the entire colonial Nigeria and presently hosting the museum of slave history, the Mary Slessor Caravan and many more.
The Carnival Parade as is today, is a direct result of progression of ideas and the gradual awareness that came with it. The truck floats had Band members on them gyrating through the city streets of Calabar. The years that followed saw Band members now adopting the drumming and singing style of the African in the Diaspora that was consistent with our village square band play form. source
Calabar is a city in southeastern Nigeria. The City is watered by the Calabar and Great Qua Rivers and creeks of the Cross River (from its inland delta). Calabar is the capital of Cross River State and has an estimated population of 1.2 million residents.
Calabar is the headquarters of the present south-south geopolitical region of Nigeria. For more info on Calabar click here