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After Boat Regatta showpiece, Lagos Carnival to hold May 2


At sea enroute Ikorodu to Victoria IslandAGOS State government yesterday fixed Saturday May 2, 2015, as the new date for the 2015 Lagos carnival. The shift, from the traditional Easter Monday date, was due to the last general elections.

Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-governmental Affairs, Disun Holloway, said the new date was approved by the state governor, Babatunde Fashola.

The Lagos Boat Regatta, which traditionally precedes the carnival, held last Sunday with pump and pageantry at the Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, venue of the festival. Both the Boat Regatta and the Carnival are part of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival.

While the 2014 edition featured participants from neighbouring African countries such as Togo and Ghana, this year’s edition, the sixth in the series, with the theme: “Celebrating the Aquatic Splendour of Lagos”, featured other riverine states like Delta, Edo and Akwa Ibom, as well as the University of Ibadan, among others.

Participating organizations and clubs added more colour to activities such as parade of boats and yachts, boat race, skiing and open water swimming among other events.

In its sixth edition, the regatta featured a parade of boats and yachts, jet skis display, including large fishing boats, ferries, barges and other marine vessels that were beautifully adorned.

The fun filled water-based event depicts the socio-cultural, traditional folklores and occupational aspects of the people of Lagos.

This year’s edition is the valedictory version for its initiator, Governor Babatunde Fashola. The Lagos Water Regatta is an annual water-based cultural sporting and recreational event put together to exhibit water sports.

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