Proposals for Douglas Carnival’s revival have been criticised by some town councillors.
A report was submitted to the authority by the assistant chief officer at Douglas Development Partnership regarding the proposed format and funding of a revived event.
It proposed starting the carnival parade from the promenade at Strathallan to Harris Promenade, going around the ‘Sefton island’ and parking up on closed roads in front of the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre on Sunday, July 20, at 2pm.
It would miss the whole of Loch Promenade.
It also proposed to build a stage at the Jubilee Clock and a ‘Carnival Royal Family’ being elected rather than just a Carnival Queen or Princess as this was deemed ‘inappropriate’.
It set out costs at an estimated total of £15,600, including £3,200-worth of prizes. It proposed that a major sponsor be sought for the staged area.
In Douglas’s tourism heyday, the carnival was one of the highlights of the year as dozens of floats made their way along the promenades, entertaining thousands of onlookers. The event was ditched in the early 90s.
Council leader David Christian said: ‘I posted a picture on Facebook and it went ballistic. Numerous people were coming forward wanting to help with the carnival.
‘But we need to look at what’s missing and when it should be held. I think it needs to be in the evening, not on a Sunday or in the afternoon.
‘It should be on the whole of the promenade as well, not the dead end of the promenade. It could terminate at the bus station car park, there’ll still be no development there, it’ll still be like it is for the next 25 years!’ said Mr Christian.
‘They want a stage at the Jubilee Clock. There won’t be room there, that’s absolute nonsense,’ he added.
‘To say a Carnival Queen is inappropriate, what planet are they living on, we’ll elect a King if they want to be PC [politically correct].’
‘We have to start off big, this is not doing it right, it should be Saturday evening and should run on to the quay.’
‘Are they concerned about the promenade works ? There’s still on agreement no the horse trams yet!’ said Mr Christian.
‘Let’s get the old carnival back, it only failed when the people running it got too old to continue and it was taken on by the Rotary [Club] or Round Table. Let’s keep cost to a minimum but let’s get it right.’
The leader of the regeneration and community advisory committee, Councillor Stephen Pitts said: ‘We still have plenty of time until June 2014.
‘We’re remembering the carnival back in the day when we had thousands of tourists, it’s a different era now. It is going to cost us money. Next time they have a DDP meeting let’s go.’