King Sailors return for Dimanche Gras

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 20:30

All of us are sailors who came here from dis­tant lands with sto­ries to tell.

The tales of those voy­ages will be por­trayed on the hats of those King Sailors who will grace the stage at this Sun­day’s Di­manche Gras show at the Car­ni­val City, Queens Park Sa­van­nah.


That’s ac­cord­ing to the show’s cre­ative di­rec­tor Davlin Thomas, who said this year’s event will see the Kings and Queens of Car­ni­val com­pe­ti­tions re­turn­ing to the Sun­day stage.

Thomas said it is go­ing to be one where all as­pects of T&T’s Car­ni­val will be show­cased.

This year’s theme is King Sailor Mass.

“If you re­al­ly want to get a grasp of Trinidad & To­ba­go, Di­manche Gras is the stage you re­al­ly want to come to see for there will be 100 dancers in full Car­ni­val cos­tumes, sailor cos­tumes, danc­ing as they tell a sto­ry. We are go­ing to do a the­atri­cal pro­duc­tion on this stage. We framed the idea of King Sailor Mass as a con­gre­ga­tion of voy­agers and sailors. We all ar­rived here and we will be show­ing this in the open­ing and mid­dle of the show to tell sto­ries of our jour­ney here. On these sailors’ heads are the man­i­fes­ta­tions of the imag­i­na­tion, like town or grape­fruit or what­ev­er idea. We will have that mo­tif to tell a sto­ry of the peo­ple who came,” Thomas said.

In re­cent years, the Di­mache Gras al­so fea­tured the fi­nals of the Na­tion­al Ca­lyp­so Monarch Com­pe­ti­tion. How­ev­er, that event was tak­en away last year.

Thomas said the show re­mains mar­ketable as last year’s event was al­most sold out. He ex­pects this year to be sold out as there will be some­thing for every­one.

The show starts at 6.30 pm but a pre-show at 5.30 pm will fea­ture sax­o­phon­ist Fran­cis Prime, ca­lyp­so­ni­ans such as Trinidad Rio and David Bu­reaux; co­me­di­ans Nicky Cros­by and Pene­lope Spencer.

In the main show, there will be so­ca from Iw­er George, Blaxx and D’ All Starz and Olatun­ji.

There will al­so be chut­ney so­ca from Dru­patee, Nishard M and oth­ers. Thomas said ne­go­ti­a­tions are still be­ing held to in­clude a steel band. He ex­plained that it was dif­fi­cult to have the Panora­ma cham­pi­on as Di­manche Gras fol­lows the Na­tion­al Panora­ma Fi­nals (Large Band) fi­nals, which ends on Sun­day morn­ing.

Nonethe­less, he said the prepa­ra­tion, in­clud­ing re­hearsals, have been go­ing well and promis­es a thrilling pro­duc­tion on Sun­day.

Reporter: Kevon Felmine