Smoother flow for South bands

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:00

The change of the mas­quer­aders’ route for Car­ni­val in San Fer­nan­do en­sured for the first time in many years there was a smooth flow of bands for the J’Ou­vert cel­e­bra­tions.

There was no long wait­ing be­tween bands for spec­ta­tors gath­ered at the Har­ris Prom­e­nade judg­ing point or the usu­al con­ges­tion at Cipero Street, which in pre­vi­ous years pre­vent­ed many bands from reach­ing the judg­ing point.

It was al­so the first time in years that at the 4 am start time that sev­er­al bands were al­ready on the pa­rade route.

Last week, band­lead­ers had ob­ject­ed to the change the route and claimed it would lead to con­ges­tion and prob­lems for mu­sic trucks to nav­i­gate.

At 5.28 am, D Pub J’Ou­vert with their pre­sen­ta­tion of Ra­dio Ac­tive was the first band to reach the prom­e­nade. At this point the na­tion­al an­them was sung, a prayer for a clean, law­ful and sun­ny Car­ni­val was of­fered and Deputy May­or of San Fer­nan­do Vidya Mun­gal-Bisses­sar of­fi­cial­ly opened the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Rush­ing out to cen­tre stage to Iw­er George’s Wa­ter Bless­ing, the mas­quer­aders dressed in yel­low and green T-shirts sig­nalled a sign of things to come as many of the bands just por­trayed vari­a­tions of T-shirts.

Rev­ellers from Ja­ma Pro­duc­tion fol­lowed and showed some cre­ativ­i­ty with their pre­sen­ta­tion of Ja­ma-Da­ba-Doo, which par­o­died the old Amer­i­can an­i­mat­ed sit­com, The Flint­stones.

Rolling up, play­ing Machel Mon­tano, Skin­ny Fab­u­lous and Bun­ji Gar­lin’s Famalay, the band even made their own pre­his­toric car and had mas­quer­aders dressed like the char­ac­ters in the show.

Al­though Cul­ture in Paint’s of­fer­ing was pret­ty much white T-shirts stained with paint, they brought the vibes as they frol­icked along to Kees Diefen­thal­lar’s Sa­van­nah Grass, singing loud­ly as the song went along.

Poudre J’Ou­vert in­tro­duced star­dom to the mas with Farmer Nap­py de­liv­er­ing a con­cert per­for­mance of his hits from on top a mu­sic truck.

From his pop­u­lar Hookin Meh to Big Peo­ple Par­ty, Farmer Nap­py had the mas­quer­aders par­ty­ing in fifth gear with heavy pow­der and con­fet­ti.

B Man and Lord Street Fu­sion was pure rev­el­ry. Po­lice had to re­move one en­thu­si­as­tic mas­quer­ad­er who climbed on­to a pil­lar of City Hall to show­case her win­ing abil­i­ties.

And while T-shirts seemed to be the or­der of the day, the band Hunters was a bit more provoca­tive with their mul­ti-coloured bathing suits. De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Dev Bar­ber­shop, who had in their band, Tourism Min­is­ter Ran­dall Mitchell, flood­ed the area with mas­quer­aders for their pre­sen­ta­tion of Gold Mem­ber, a spoof of the Austin Pow­ers movie with the same name.

La Ro­maine Su­per Vibes was the first steel band to play be­fore the judges around 9.30 am and was fol­lowed by the Old Tech Steel Or­ches­tra.

Al­though the San Fer­nan­do City Cor­po­ra­tion on­ly re­ceived $233,000 to run this year’s cel­e­bra­tion as op­posed to $400,000 in 2018, San Fer­nan­do May­or Ju­nia Re­grel­lo gave J’Ou­vert a thumb’s up.

Re­grel­lo said the route was more fam­i­ly-ori­ent­ed this year. He said spec­ta­tors were for­tu­nate to see Farmer Nap­py per­form­ing and it shows that there is promi­nence in San Fer­nan­do and that the Car­ni­val is grow­ing in the city.

“I must say we are very im­pressed by what we saw so far. There are new trends de­vel­op­ing with the J’Ou­vert in San Fer­nan­do. There is a mod­ern ap­proach, very colour­ful, very pret­ty and well sup­port­ed. The is one of the bright­est and most colour­ful I’ve seen San Fer­nan­do in the last cou­ple of years,” he said.

There were no ma­jor in­ci­dents, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.