Portmore Carnival is back!!!!! Featured

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Portmore residents may no longer have to pay a toll to see the delicious spectacle of colours, revelry and flesh that is the carnival experience. Why? Well, after a hiatus of a few years, the Portmore Carnival is back, and under new management.

Popular promoter and Portmore resident Errol Bailey, whose company
owns the Portmore Carnival brand, said that he finally acquiesced to
pressure from residents who have been demanding a return of the event
to the Sunshine City.

“Whenever I am in the supermarket, or just walking on the Mall,
people keep coming up to me asking me when am I going to bring it
back, and now, I feel that the time is right for a renewal,” Errol
Bailey, chief executive officer of Errol Wonder Promotions, said.

The original Portmore Carnival began in 1995 and became a popular
fixture in the lives of Portmore residents for several years. It was a
huge success, generating thousands of people at its annual road march
and blowout fetes.

The Portmore Carnival Road March originally took place on Easter
Monday. Other events included a popular Selectors Night, during which
top radio and sound system selectors squared off, as well as an annual
Caribbean Night fete, featuring live acts from Jamaica and the Eastern
Caribbean such as Byron Lee and Dragonnaires, Fab Five, Colin Lucas,
Nigel Lewis, Denise Plummer, Crazy and Shadow.

“It was a very successful brand, but in 2003, I went to the UK for
personal reasons and then stayed to take advantage of some business
opportunities. I returned to Jamaica two years ago, but I wasn’t in
the right frame of mind to restart it until I was approached by a team
of investors and excited sponsors this year,” he said.

“I am bringing back this event because of the overwhelming demand from
residents who grew up attending the fetes and identify with the
Portmore Carnival brand. It will be under new management and we will
reclaim the glory years, young Portmore residents need their own
carnival experience like their parents before them,” Mr. Bailey said.

Portmore Carnival has had a number of home changes over the years. In
former years it has been based at the Portmore Lions Centre, La Roose
on Port Henderson Road and Rolex Country Club at Bayside and even the
Portmore Mall.

Bailey said that he has earmarked a new carnival village for the
rebirth of the event.

We will launch the weekend of Ash Wednesday at our village in
Portmore. There will be eight weeks of carnival village fetes every
weekend leading up to Carnival week, Bailey said.

You can contact Errol Wonder at 787-4010

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