The city of Lagos witnessed its first carnival yesterday.
Participants put up spectacular performance to the admiration of the spectators.
As early as 10 am, thousands of fun seekers trooped to the Tafawa Balewa Square, venue of the carnival.
The participants, made up of 3,660 children selected from 61 secondary schools across the state, dressed in elegant costumes designed in the shapes of sea and land animals.
They thrilled spectators to different dance steps.
The ceremony began when Governor Babatunde Fashola(SAN) walked into the venue, accompanied by his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to the cheering of the spectators.
A British tourist, who gave her name as Isabel R.M, praised the creativity of the participants.
She said: "Iâ€™m happy to witness this carnival. The participants are creative and the costumes are so colorful."
Mrs. Ogunyemi Ronke, a teacher from Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School, who led some students to the carnival, described it as "the best gift that the government has given to residents".
She said: "Apart from the fun aspect of the event, it also affords families the opportunity to unite.
"You can see from the crowd, the people of Lagos State have been longing for event like this for a very long time."
Fashola said the carnival would be a celebration of the cityâ€™s ancestral and plurality of identity.
He said: "On the carnival coming in the wake of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival, the government has decided to leverage on the enormous tourism and economic development potentials of these festivals as a high point of a week of exposition of African culture and heritage to millions of people the events would attract.
"The Black Heritage Festival, the Boat Regatta and the carnival will take the nation back to the history of the trans-atlantic slave trade.
"Even if we forgive, we do not forget, we have resolved to turn adversity into prosperity.
"The Lagos carnival, which is now combined as a high point of both events into an Easter tourist programme, signals our commitment to move away from those painful memories."
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