Over the years, Takoradi has had a street carnival as a way of commemorating Christmas.
During the holiday season in December, the spontaneous gathering of people on the streets to just sing and dance to the sound of brass bands is quickly becoming a center of interest in the Western regional capital.
Foreigners and Diasporas have made it a yearly ritual to attend the event, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
The festival’s dress code is one of its distinguishing features. Participants appear as if they are masquerades, with many donning cartoon-style outfits and masks, some of which are amusing or frightening.
This year’s event kicked off on Saturday, December 25 with a float to demonstrate what should be expected from Boxing Day, December 26 and January 1, 2022.
Dr. Dominic Eduah, Executive Director of the GNPC Foundation, and many other dignitaries attended this year’s event, including Western Regional Minister Okyere Darko-Mensah.
Historically, the “Ankos Festival,” as it is known informally, originated with a small collection of these masquerade groups. They perform this every year on the 24th, 25th, and 26th of December, as well as on New Year’s Day.