Following last year’s uproar when during the Nadur Carnival people felt that their religious sentiments were offended by costumes and the case of a van whose writings may have offended persons with mental health problems, a decision was taken that during this spontaneous carnival no costumes and grotesque masks are permitted which may offend the sentiments of the diseased or of religion. The decision was announced by Nadur mayor, Edward Said, during a press conference on the Nadur carnival.
Replying to a TVM question, Mr Said said that the local council does not want a repeat of these mistakes. “One cannot pretend to offend the sentiments of a diseased person; and on the cases which occurred we have learned a lesson….those will be stopped by police and security officers”.
Although figures which may offend religious sentiments will not be permitted, the Mayor said that the Nadur carnival will nevertheless permit political satire.
Gozo Minister, Justyne Caruana, said that during the first five days of March, the Nadur carnival should again be an attraction together with the regional carnival. She stated that it is estimated that some 30,000 attended last year’s Nadur carnival and the Gozo events calendar is being enlarged and attracting more visitors.
Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government, Silvio Parnis, praised the local councils who are upgrading their activities and attracting more tourists and economic wealth.