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The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has urged people to participate in various carnival activities slated for the second edition of the Harare International Carnival that takes place from May 16 to 25.

Speaking to stakeholders at a cocktail party on Thursday, ZTA chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke encouraged people to come in carnival costumes especially for the grand street party on May 24.

“The street party is the soul of the carnival and it is our wish to see the Harare International Carnival becoming the grandest holiday event in Zimbabwe and drawing thousands of people from across the globe,” he said.

He said while the carnival concept was introduced by ZTA it was through collaborative efforts that it would grow into Southern Africa’s success story.

He expressed delight for the support that was being availed by various organisations saying it indicated they are sharing the same vision on the significance and potential of the carnival.

“Preparations for the carnival are progressing very well and certainly that has been made possible by various corporates and organisations within and outside Government who took it upon themselves to provide resources for the carnival,” he said.

The event was graced by Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Engineer Walter Mzembi and his wife, Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi Maarten Rusch, ZTA Chief Operating Officer Givemore Chidzidzi, the media and other stakeholders.

So far 23 African, Asian, European and South American countries have confirmed participation in the fiesta that would run under the theme “Celebrating Diversity”.

This is an increase from the 14 countries that participated in the inaugural carnival last year.

This year’s edition will feature a Bira Night that will be held in Dombo- shava, an Africa Day discussion at the Book Cafeacute, a Samba Night at the Airport Lounge, Carnival Fashion Show, Carnival Jazz Night, and Exotic Night at Red Fox among others.

A carnival queen to be crowned at a pageant on May 16 will lead the Street Party.

Source : The Herald