Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, while flagging off the ‘last carnival dry run’, to herald the main carnival on Friday; called on the people of the state to open their hearts and doors to receive tourists who will be trooping into the state for this year’s Calabar Carnival.
The main carnival is slated for December 28.
Governor Ayade, who was represented by the Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt Hon John Gaul Lebo, said:
“The event which has become part and parcel of our state will be bigger and richer in content this year. So we must continue to exhibit the hospitality nature we are known for in receiving visitors.”
“Cross River State will experience massive turnout of visitors to watch and participate in the biggest street party in Africa as it will be free, interesting, bigger and bolder.”
The Chairman Cross River State Carnival Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, revealed that the event was tagged “dry run of celebrities” as some members of the Nollywood family were in the state to participate in the event prior to the 4th edition of the Cross River movie awards.