One of the biggest carnival bands in Brazil, the Vai Vai Samba is to make its second appearance at the Carnival Calabar this year as it takes part in the International Carnival Band competition introduced into the carnival calendar by Governor Ben Ayade. Their appearance at the 2012 edition of the carnival caused a huge sensation around the country.
The Brazilians will however, have to slug it out this year with the Flamenco of Spain band, that parades a bevy of Spanish beauties for the spotlight. Italy, the Land of the Azurris, will also take part in the carnival. The Italians will be represented by the impressive and exciting Flag Twirlers.
There is also the Circus Oasis of France and the Carnival Troupe of Belize from Europe.
The Henan Province of China will represent Asia and put up a show at the Carnival. To achieve this, it is sending its acrobatic band to the Carnival. Other participants include the Drumming Wonders of Burundi, the Urukerereza of Rwanda as well as carnival bands from Ghana, Zimbabwe and Kenya who will lead the charge from Africa.
While unveiling the 2015 Calabar Carnival theme in Lagos recently, Governor Ayade had promised to introduce new events into the carnival calender to add more flavour to the event.
Culled from Calabar News Centre