By Odessa Pegus, General Deputy-U.S.A.
The year 2000 marked my introduction to Foundation of European Carnival
Cities (FECC). I was invited to attend the 20th FECC Convention in
Santa Cruz de
Tenerife, one of the Canary islands owned by Spain. This annual
attended by 229 participants representing 29 countries. Following a
phenomenal activities my decision was made to join.
President Henry van der Kroon receives a proclamation from the
Mayor of San Francisco California via USA General Deputy Odessa
The FECC is an international carnival Association founded in 1980 at a
reunion of friendly countries in Patras, Greece. Previous to this
Reunion Mr. Henk
van der Kroon, president of the Amsterdam Carnival, presided over the
Amsterdam's 700 years Celebration and began contacts with the first
countries. During the fifth Reunion in 1985, held in Kos-Patmos,
were set up and an official membership was established. The first
who became members were: The Netherlands, Belgium, luxembourg, Great
Malta. A non-profit organization bearing the name Foundation of
Carnival Cities was registered in the Court of Petange, Luxembourg. In
2004, during the annual FECC Conference held in Pernik, Bulgaria, a
resulted in a name change from "Foundation" to "Federation" of European
GOALS OF FECC
The main objectives of FECC are to unite world carnival cities in the
exchange of ideas and opinions related to Carnival. It collects and
knowledge about carnival customs and traditions throughout the globe.
exhibitions and advertising without losing sight of proper national
FECC also stimulates youth participation in national carnival
encourages cultural exchange programs for youths among member
Carnival is not only a cultural phenomena, it's also a global industry.
collaborates with carnival cities in the continents of Europe, North
South America and Africa. Presently, outreach activities include Asia.
CONVENTIONS AND CELEBRATIONS
FECC organizes 2 events annually. During springtime (April, May or
International FECC Convention is held. A less formal event called
Natalis" (annual birthday celebration) takes place between the dates of
September 25th and October 15th. This is an exclusive gathering for
is a celebration rather than a meeting. These events are always hosted
different member countries.
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At a typical FECC Convention there's an opportunity to meet
of world carnivals and the chance to satisfy your curiosity about the
country. Each country puts its best foot forward by showing off its
prominent features. You will reside in luxurious hotels, eat delicious
food and be
escorted to some of the most fascinating places.
the Americas at the St. Petersburg Russia Carnival City
Conference in 2001 were Sue Collins, Chris Collins (FECC webmaster
& Carnaval.com correspondent), Wendy Collins ( USA-San Francisco
), Rex Brudette
(USA-Branson Missouri ), Odessa Pegus (USA-San Francisco-General
), Marcia Stamper ( Aruba) and Marcelo Anthony (Bonaire)
The program includes a Presidential meeting (Presidium), a General
several workshops and guided tours. During the workshops participants
their country's Carnival experience and interact with local authorities
organizers from the host city. Translators are provided to assure that
is not a problem.
During 5 years of membership in this unique organization I have gained
incredible knowledge, established ongoing friendships in many parts of
the world and
satisfied my desire to see the world. No other organization that I
could provide such an opportunity. The interesting and exotic cultures
various countries have greatly enriched my life. Every host I've
welcomed me, a stranger, into their world and made me feel at home.
FECC proudly boasts over 500 members and organizations representing 100
cities in 52 countries that support its work and its growing member
Carnaval San Francisco is a member proudly representing America and
in FECC's activities and growth.
Willie Brown presents a proclamation honoring FECC. Mayor
Brown also helped to fund the
San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora which will have
a permanent exhibit devoted to Carnival.
Visitors will learn how Africans everywhere celebrate life
cycles through gatherings that place special emphasis on
color, seasons, movement, and clothing. Carnival has become
part of the social fabric from Trinidad and Rio to New
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