By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas National Festival Commission is “at odds” with the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association, after the former rejected the “scenic” route proposed by the association for the Road Fever parade, according to BCBOA President Dario Terrelli.
Mr Terrelli said the commission is “forcing the bands” to march in the inner city.
He told The Tribune that band owners are outraged that the proposed route does not take them along New Providence’s coastline. In fact he said he couldn’t understand why the commission would not opt to highlight the “best of The Bahamas”.
“We really need them to change this route, it is not the best option. These bands have had calls from people in the United States and other parts of the world inquiring about ‘playing mas’ (parading through the street) and the first thing they ask about is our beaches. They want to know if the route is along the coast or if they will get the see the beach on the way,” he said.
“That is why we suggested starting from the National Stadium, going to the six legged round-a-bout, then north to Saunders Beach or from the stadium to Baha Mar Blvd, then down to Goodman’s Bay.
“We want to capture that backdrop, it is the best in the world and we should show it off. What they want us to do is, go to from the stadium, to Thompson Boulevard, take a right at the Clarence Bain Building, take a back road onto Tonique Williams Darling Highway, to the six legged round-a-bout, on John F Kennedy Drive, Nassau Street then to the carnival grounds.
“No offence, but no one wants to come here to see Nassau Street and those other roads. They want to see beauty. I just do not understand why the commission would not want to highlight the best of the Bahamas. These people are coming here anticipating that they will ‘play mas’ along the coast, they don’t want go in the city.”
Mr Terrelli said the route has caused tension between the two groups and if the bands aren’t happy, the people won’t be happy.
The Road Fever march will be held on May 9.