JUST IN: Calas Vegas Beat 6 Other Bands To Emerge Winner Of 2023 Carnival Calabar
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JUST IN: Calas Vegas Beat 6 Other Bands To Emerge Winner Of 2023 Carnival Calabar

By Sylvia Akpan, Government House Correspondent And Mary Bassey, House Of Assembly Correspondent

Calas Vegas carnival band has emerged winner of the 2023 Carnival Calabar, beating favorite band – Passion 4 and five others.

The result which was announced in the wee hours of Friday, December 29th, 2023 inside the main bowl of Udokaha Jacob Esuene Stadium, Calabar saw Calas Vegas coming tops for the first time since formation.

Calas Vegas band managed by former Minister of Culture and Tourism, High Chief Edem Duke is one of the bands created last year alongside Diamond Band.

The 2nd position went to Passion 4 which has dominated the competition since 2006, while the 3rd position went to Seagull Band.

Other competing bands are Bayside, Masta Blasta, Diamond, and Freedom Bands. 

Governor Otu flagging off the competition earlier yesterday said the Calabar Carnival was one of his campaign promises to bring back the event on a bigger platform.

“This is one of our campaign promises that we are definitely going to bring carnival back and on a bigger platform. What you’ve seen today is the tip of the iceberg because we are going to move it to the next level.”

Otu commended sponsors for their support and congratulated visitors for making it up to the Calabar carnival.

“Calabar carnival remains the biggest street party in the world. If you look at the energy around this stuff, if you look at the current, you will know that everybody is ready to vibrate. I want to be very sure that all is ready. It is going to be a whole day, all-night event but this is going to be the beginning. I think we are ready.”


Calabar Cultural Carnival

State and position

Akwa Ibom …. 1st

Ebonyi….. 2nd

Ondo and Edo…. 3rd


Odukpani …… 1st

Akpabuyo ….. 2nd

Calabar South ……. 3rd

Junior/Children’s Carnival

Passion 4  …… 1st

Seagulls band ……. 2nd

Calas Vegas  ……. 3rd

Main Carnival

Calas Vegas. …… 1st

Passion 4 ……… 2nd

Seagulls Band …… 3rd

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