Cross River governor, Ben Ayade, on Friday inaugurated the `Calabar Municipal Garden’, which will serve as the 2017 Calabar Carnival village.
According to him, the village was chosen because it was central and accessible to residents and tourists. The 31-day festival begins on December 1.
The governor, who was represented by Inyang Asibong, the Commissioner for Health, said the village would serve as a venue for funfair and market for Christmas shopping.
He said that adequate security measures had been taken to safeguard tourists and fun-seekers at the village.
“It is to the glory of God that we have witnessed the first and second dry run of the 2017 Calabar carnival. I wish to declare the 2017 Calabar carnival village open to all. The 2017 carnival will be better and bigger.
“We have put in place more convenient facilities in this village that would serve the taste of our expected tourists. I wish to assure all those coming in for the carnival of adequate security.
“Calabar carnival is the largest street party in Africa. It is time for the world to visit Calabar again for that fun fair,” he said.
The governor said that the carnival had promoted unity and created strong relationships between the state and others in Nigeria and the international community.