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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:48 pm 
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New Venue Offers Limited Attendence

February 4th 2009, Aruba.

SAN NICOLAS-One of the most popular carnival events, the Calypso & Roadmarch contest can be
attended by a maximum of 10,000 persons, the amount include musicians, food and drinks
vendors, and police authorities. The musical festival will be held on Saturday February 7th at the
ball-field of Centro di Bario Lago Heights.

To ensure safety, authorities have measured the field and have calculated that a maximum of
10,000 people can attend the festival. The event is usually attended by 12,000 to 15,000 persons
when it was held in the Joe Laveist Stadium. The ball-field will be fenced with shipping containers
of up to 24 feet high. There will be 4 entry and exit points at the venue. The exit signs will be
placed prominently at each of the 4 points to ensure an easy departure. A teller will be used at
each entry point to count the number of persons entering the venue, once the teller reaches
10,000 persons the festival will be declared sold out.

The intention is to install back-up generators in case of power outage. Roads leading towards the
ball-field will be closed at 06:00pm on Saturday, including Fortheuvelstraat the street that many
take to head towards Baby Beach and Rodgers Beach. People going or coming from Seroe Colorado
after 06:00pm are advised to follow changed traffic directions.

Police authorities will enforce zero tolerance at the festival as with all remaining carnival events.
Those who do not behave appropriately and are a threat to the public will be arrested
immediately. Carnival is a time to celebrate and not to cause problems said Police Chief, Peter de

Arubus will provide 7 shuttle busses from different locations in San Nicolas to and from the venue.
THe public is advised to park their car at Abraham de Veer School, and Joe Laveist Stadium in San
Nicolas, where they can make use of the shuttle busses that will carry them to the venue.

The Calypso & Roadmarch contest will start at 08:00pm and is expected to end after 05:00am
Sunday morning February 8th. The winning song and the song finalists will be played during the 35
remaining carnival events including parades planned for this month. A record number of 154
musicians have inscribed to compete for the title of Calypso & Roadmarch King or Queen for
Aruba’s Carnival 55.

Roadmarch & Calypso Contest Previous Edition


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