arts/culture

Petition launched for People's Choice Road March

An on­line pe­ti­tion has been cre­at­ed call­ing for the au­thor­i­ties to es­tab­lish a Peo­ple's Choice Award for next year's Car­ni­val in light of Kees Di­ef­fen­thaller's Sa­van­nah Grass not win­ning this year's Road March ti­tle.

This year's Road March was won by the trio of Machel Mon­tano, Bun­ji Gar­lin (Ian Al­varez) and Skin­ny Fab­u­lous (Gamal Doyle) af­ter their song Famalay was played across judg­ing points 346 times.

Sa­van­nah Grass came sec­ond af­ter it was played 207 times.

Kaleidoscope We Colourz wins in Tobago

Stoute Next Gen­er­a­tion has copped the 2019 over­all Band of the Year ti­tle in To­ba­go with Kalei­do­scope We Colourz.

Their pre­sen­ta­tion, which high­light­ed sev­er­al colours, shapes and pat­terns that are of sig­nif­i­cance to Trin­bag­o­ni­ans and par­tic­u­lar­ly To­ba­go, earned them 746 points.

El­dez and As­so­ciates’ West lndi­an Jun­gle was sec­ond while As­tra Win­ches­ter Cre­ations’ So­lar En­er­gy was third.

Band­leader Can­dice Chang-Sandy said yes­ter­day she was still in shock but was hum­bled by the win.

CoP wants earlier Carnival shut-off time

Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Gary Grif­fith wants con­sid­er­a­tion giv­en to rea­son­able shut-off times for fu­ture Car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions.

Grif­fith made the sug­ges­tion at a press con­fer­ence at the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty in Port-of-Spain yes­ter­day.

“This is one of the few coun­tries in the world where you have Car­ni­val go­ing on from Fri­day. In oth­er car­ni­vals you have a shut-off point,” Grif­fith said.

Patrons get all-round show at Socadrome

Pa­trons in the So­cadrome at the Jean Pierre Com­plex in Port-of-Spain were yes­ter­day treat­ed to al­most an en­tire Car­ni­val ex­pe­ri­ence on one stage.

For the first time since its in­cep­tion, the Scoad­rome was part of the route tak­en by rev­ellers as they pa­rad­ed through the na­tion’s cap­i­tal on Car­ni­val Tues­day. First to cross the stage yes­ter­day morn­ing was Harts, fol­lowed by Bliss, Pure, Yu­ma and Tribe, who took the stage head­ing in­to the af­ter­noon.

Ole mas disappearing in Sando

While the young and young at heart rev­elled in the paint, pow­der and wa­ter dur­ing J’Ou­vert fes­tiv­i­ties in San Fer­nan­do, there wasn’t much for the old­er spec­ta­tors who came out hop­ing to see tra­di­tion­al mas.

There was on­ly de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Blue Boy who of­fered some po­lit­i­cal and so­cial satir­i­cal por­tray­als for the judges and spec­ta­tors at Har­ris Prom­e­nade on Car­ni­val Mon­day, prompt­ing con­cerns that the art­form may be dy­ing.

Pierre family claims J’Ouvert crowns again

Ronel Pierre was crowned the 2019 King of J’Ou­vert, while his cousin — the sea­soned Lynelle Pierre copped the 2019 Queen of J'Ou­vert ti­tle af­ter los­ing to her moth­er last year.

They were coached by their grand­fa­ther Her­bert “Nat­ty” Pierre, who helped as­sem­ble their props and cos­tumes for the tra­di­tion­al old mas com­pe­ti­tion which took place at South Quay, Port-of-Spain.

The two cred­it­ed their suc­cess to the pa­tri­arch who is the brain­child be­hind their pre­sen­ta­tions.

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