By Nathan Atiluk
If there is any City event that is on the Ugandan calendar and Ugandans can’t wait for it to come every year is the KCCA carnival. This is because it is free of charge when it comes to the entrance and the other thing is drinks and food come cheaply. Unlike other past editions, the Carnivals sixth edition was different from the usual.
This year’s Carnival unlike the others occupied the whole weekend kicking off with Tanzanian Singer Diamond Platinumz headlining the Kampala City Charity Show on Friday at Kololo Independence Grounds.
After the Charity show, the next day was another funfilled day with Rally fans enjoying the Motor Rally that took place in Naguru. Both events had a charge fee attached as the entrance but the event for all came the next day on a Sunday.
Sunday, as usual, went down as one of the most thrilling days of the weekend as revelers had fun with nothing to care about since the next day was a public holiday.
Despite the late turn-up, party people started streaming in after 3 pm and the streets were filled with crowds who came to enjoy what has been dubbed “East Africa’s biggest street party” under the theme “Celebrating Cultural Diversity”.
The roads were closed from Kitgum House on Jinja road until Watoto church on Bombo Road. There were four stages with different artists performing at one stage after the other. The various stages had a number of local entertainers lined up with music performances, comedy, dance and much more.
The KCCA festival is an initiative started by the Kampala City Council Authority Executive Director Jennifer Musisi to bring together all Ugandans to celebrate the love for their City.
Bell Lager who is a title sponsor of the carnival treated their invited guests and media to an unforgettable cocktail experience at the well-set Bell Lager VIP bar where master mixologists delivered mouth-watering cocktail menus till late.
With doors opening as early as 11 am, it was a full crowd at the National Theater and by 4 pm Singers like Mun-G took to the stage. The performance was followed by artistes Roden Y, B2C, Exodus, Mun G, Sheebah, Winnie Ngwai, Lydia Jasime and Gravity among others.
The event ended at midnight with revelers taking the same routes they used to come for the concert.