Mayors eye change in duration, location of liberation carnival

The recent Liberation celebration is notable for having more sponsors than previous celebrations because it was the 75th anniversary of the event.

By Josh Tyquiengco

According to the Mayors Council of Guam, the Liberation carnival has had low attendance in the days following Liberation Day.

However, they are already preparing to make recommendations to improve next year’s festivities.

MCOG Executive Director Angel Sablan says they will be putting together an after-action report and provide their feedback, which includes shortening the length of the carnival and changing the location.

“Paseo, as we know, is not conducive to a carnival, especially if we want it big because we have horrendous parking. And then we have the baseball league that is operating during the carnival and we have the tourists that still have to come in. So even if we block roads and make one-way routes, it’s too much of an inconvenience,” Sablan said.

Sablan says that the extended carnival period was still worth it and thanked everyone for their support for the celebration of the 75th Liberation activities.

The mayors have the Chagui’an Memorial on Thursday as the final memorial tying in with the 75th anniversary Liberation events.