BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
All is set for the Electric MassKara float and dance parade competition, where different barangays of Bacolod City will be participating on October 22 and 23, which is among the highlights of 43rd MassKara Festival.
Festival director Pinky Mirano-Ocampo said she is grateful that the first two weeks of the festival, which mainly featured sports events and trade fairs, was held smoothly.
“We are excited to present the event highlights, which are about to unfold with the addition of another festival site, the Lacson Tourism Strip,” Ocampo said.
Thirteen barangays will participate in the Electric MassKara float parade competition, which will be held on Saturday night (Oct. 22), starting at the Megaworld’s The Upper East and proceeding to the Government Center grounds.
During the festival’s final day on Sunday afternoon (Oct.23), is the much-anticipated MassKara street and arena dance competition, with 17 participating barangays, and the final judging of the performances will be held at the Paglaum Sports Complex.
Because the festival is held during the pandemic, Ocampo said revelers are still encouraged to take heed of the health protocols by using face masks, at the very least, in enclosed and very crowded spaces.
The Lacson Tourism Strip, which features a festival and various entertainment events, opened last night, and is one of the main festival sites, in addition to the Bacolod Public Plaza, the Bacolod City Government Center and three other areas across the city.
About 2,200 policemen, Army soldiers, Bureau of Fire and Protection and Coast Guard personnel, assisted by various search and rescue groups and force multipliers, will be securing the different sites of the MassKara Festival.*