IT has been labelled as the best carnival in the North.
The opening of the Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival got people to their feet and they cheered to the flares of fireworks that lit up the dark skies at Subrail Park in Labasa.
And the entertainment by the police band was an added bonus.
People interviewed said the opening ceremony was the best seen in the North compared to other festivals.
Contestants sat among the crowd where they danced to a song as they made their way down to the stage.
The carnival also included a new category — Turaga — and is believed to be the first in Fiji.
Carnival committee chairman Satish Kumar said the 23 contestants had a big role to play in this week-long festival.
"They will be working with our people in the North to promote the importance of fighting crime and creating a safer Vanua Levu for all," he said.
"Even though there were a few challenges in the beginning with the town council stopping the vehicles from coming into the ground, we remained positive.
"And now we have good news.
"We have been allowed by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to bring the vehicles in so the owners of ferris wheels will come back today (yesterday)."
The crowd clapped their hands and cheered when Mr Kumar informed them on Saturday night about the good news.
Mr Kumar said such support from government leaders was a blessing.
"Our carnival is to encourage one another to work with police and spread the word of fighting crime and together we can," said Mr Kumar.