Compared to 2008,Carnival experienced an almost 30 per cent drop in attendance for the 2009 official festivities
Financial Controller for the Carnival Development Committee, Richard Apparicio said the decline was reflected in about 28 per cent of the shows.
However, while the poor state of the economy has been cited as the reason for the decline in attendance at the shows, Apparicio said he did not think this was the cause, but that the carnival programme itself needs an overhaul of its product — a point he made mid-way through the celebrations last week.
Apparicio, who also heads the National Festivals Office, said more creative energy needs to be put into the festival to make it more appealing to a discerning audience.
According to the financial controller, the biggest show was the Tuesday Carnival Parade of Bands at which over 5,500 people paid to attend. This compares poorly to 2008 when 8,922 people attended.
The second biggest was the Party Monarch Competition, where just over 5,000 people paid to attend.
The lack of profits for Carnival this year were compounded by the CDC?s decision to reduce ticket prices by between 20 and 35 per cent.
Attendance at the Calypso Monarch was a paltry 2,700 paid patrons, down from roughly 4,000 the previous year.
Apparicio said he has also presented an interim financial statement to Culture Minister Eleston Adams, with a full report due by September, the end of the financial year.