ORGANISERS of the Jameson Vic Falls Carnival say the event has grown in leaps and bounds since it was first launched with more than 3 000 revellers attending current edition.
The carnival was first launched in 2009 and localised in 2012 as the Victoria Falls Carnival.
The wet weather could not dampen the spirit as revellers dancing in rain during the colourful festival that started on Monday and ends with the ushering in of the new year.
The carnival is an all-white event that has seen participants smearing each other with white powder to “comply”.
The increasingly popular event kicked off with a train ride to Jafuta about 13km outside the resort town where the joyous crowd was treated to continuous music and drinks from 5pm until 12 midnight on Monday.
Some of the finest local DJs dished out good music that kept revellers on their feet.
One of the carnival organisers, Blessing Munyenyiwa, could not hide his excitement saying the event had grown in its three-year history.
“We are happy with the turnout, especially considering that when we started two years ago we had about 1 000 people but this year the crowd is in excess of 3 000 revellers per night. Hotels are fully booked for the period,” Munyenyiwa said.
He said they were working hard to ensure the event remains an annual occasion that lights up the usually quiet resort town.
“We would love it to be an annual event. We have faced a few challenges, but we will continue fighting to provide a first-class carnival,” Munyenyiwa said.
Tickets for the carnival cost between $50 and $55 per day and organisers said in 2015 they would introduce local rates to cater for locals that cannot afford the current gate charges.
Revellers were treated to top-class entertainment by local superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Judgment Yard, Winky D and South Africa’s Beatenburg last night in ushering in the new year.
The main event of the carnival is being held at the Victoria Falls Farm School while several after-parties are at several selected venues.
Munyenyiwa said after-parties were meant to benefit the local business community.
The carnival was attended by revellers from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, among other countries.