Scores of Nigerians and foreigners yesterday besieged the Eagle Square, venue of the Abuja carnival, to watch Durbar.
Among the foreigners who watched the colourful event were tourism enthusiasts from the Republic of Cuba, Egypt, Namibia, Trinidad and Tobago.
The Durbar festival is an annual event celebrated in Northern particularly during festivals like Eid el-Fitr and Eid el-Adha.
It is usually a parade of the Emirs and their entourage on horses accompanied by musicians to their palaces.
The event showcases the rich cultural heritage of Nigerians from different parts of the country.
Corlinus Engelbrecht, from Namibia says Nigeria is rich in cultural heritage, adding that since he came to Nigeria to watch the carnival, it had been one excitement or another.
Abd Gihamid Muhamed, an Egyptian, who spoke through an interpreter, said that he came to watch the 2012 Abuja carnival because of the interesting stories he heard about it.
Bryon Serrette, Trinada and the Vice President, PAN TRINBAGO said that he came based on his country's diplomatic relations with Nigeria, stressing that it was necessary to interact with his African brothers.
Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, who was represented by the Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, Ben Nwagu, said that Durbar would be the hallmark of the carnival
Kano, Adamawa, Niger and Yobe states were represented in the Durbar. (NAN)