Calabar Christmas Carnival Bands – Have you ever heard of the largest street carnival in West Africa? Then, that’s the Calabar Christmas Carnival. The vision started in 2004 by the then Governor of Cross River State Mr. Donald Duke. Carnival Calabar also tagged “Africa’s Biggest Street Party” was created as part of the vision to make Cross River State the number one tourist destination for Nigerians and tourist all over the world.
The event always holds from every 1st of December and last till the 31st December of every year. It has has boosted the cultural prose/mosaic of the Nigerian people while entertaining millions of spectators within and outside the state and boosting industry for all stakeholders. It is a plat form for brand visibility and market awareness.
The Calabar carnival is contested by different bands. That is why we want to show you the Calabar Christmas Carnival Bands. These bands represent different groups of people who gather to form a team and contest the yearly winners’ award. They all have their different colours and unique manner of doing things. Let’s look at them below.
Calabar Christmas Carnival Bands
Below are the registered Calabar Christmas Carnival Bands.
1. Bayside Band
Bayside Band is one of the five Carnival Bands registered in the annual Christmas Festival of Cross River State of Nigeria. Membership In the Band is open to all Nigerians and foreigners. The Band is easily identified by its characteristic and distinctive aqua marine colour. Bayside Band is a corporate body with charity and sustenance of carnival parade as its objectives. Its corporate structure comprises a 7-member Advisory Board and an administrative office headed by a Program Manager.
The control and management of the Band is vested in the Advisory Board which meets quarterly to consider all transactions relating to the band. Funding of the Band is derived from membership contributions, gains of year round entertainment activities which includes but are not limited to theater shows and orchestra.
Leader: H. E. Donald Duke (Fmr)
Band Colour :Blue
Contact Person: Austine Cohbam
Phone Number: 08037264860
2. Passion 4 Band
Passion 4 is the most successful band in Carnival Calabar. For the 8 years of existence, it has been Champions six (6) times and first runners up twice. Passion 4 has been declared as Africa’s most outstanding band by all its adjudicators as the band continues to grow in creativity, organization and style in the Africa’s biggest street party.
The band is led by Barr. Attah Ochinike, the Attorney general and Commissioner for Justice of Cross River State. Passion 4 which is also the green band is the only band that creates a level playing field for children and adults to have fun. The band is every sponsor’s ideal platform for partnership and the mileage we offer is next to none.
3. Freedom Band
Freedom band which is identified with the colour Yellow; was founded Capt. Henry Brisibe and Mr. Larry Esin in 2005. Since its establishment, the band has consistently been among the best three in all previous editions of the Carnival Calabar event. His Excellency, Barr. Efiok Cobham, the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, is presently the grand patron of the band.
4. Masta Blasta Band
The Masta Blasta Band also known as “The Orange Family”, is the largest & most entertaining of the 5 principal bands of the annual Carnival Calabar. The Masta Blasta Band was established in December 2005. It has a membership base of over 10, 000 members from all over the world.
Also, it has evolved over the years to become a brand name of choice and reference point, through the charismatic leadership of the band leader in the person of Chief Gershom Bassey. The Masta Blasta Band, is the only band that accommodates and caters for the “belonging” need of all segments of the society.
The Orange Family is currently the overall champions of the 2012 and 2013 Carnival Calabar. They are the only band that has won the most prices in all categories of the competition within a single year, in the entire history of the Calabar Carnival.
5. Seagull Band
Seagull band is one of the Carnival Bands registered in 2005 for the Cross River State annual Christmas festival. It is the most stylish and co-ordinated body with the main objective of promoting and sustaining the Tourism and Hospitality industry and at large, to enhance the status of he under privilege through charity. The band display the African Culture through aesthetics, talents and innovation, paraded annually during the Carnival.
Seagull Band is identify by its eye catching distinctive colour – red. It maintains defined hierarchical structure. Also, it is the band that recognises and celebrates Nigerians and other artistes, movie starts and beauty queens. The band is under the dynamic and charismatic leadership of the vibrant distinguish Sen. (Princess) Florence Ita-Giwa (OON) who is ably assisted by Mrs. Affiong Effiom (Fulbright School) Lecturer in Theatre and Media Studies, University of Calabar, Nigeria.
The Calabar Christmas Carnival Bands is open to all people for membership. You can belong to any of these bands. Have any question? Use the comment box below.