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.
Riding the wave of not one, but two Road March contenders, Neil Iwer George is among the list of names of finalists for the International Soca Monarch competition.
George sealed his final spot with his performance of Stage Gone Bad shortly before 11pm on Sunday, hours after performing the song alongside Kes the Band and his other collaboration Contender 'Conch Shell' with Machel Montano at Prestige in San Fernando.
With Carnival less than a month away a route has finally been agreed upon for the Parade of Bands in San Fernando, but it still has to be approved by the police.
Band leaders met with San Fernando mayor Junia Regrello on Monday evening at the Skiffle Bunch panyard where they agreed on the new route which includes a change in the judging point.
The police is in charge of security and traffic management in the southern city so the route must get their approval.
Mas in San Fernando is dying and traditional mas no longer seems attractive to young children but legendary mas icon Lionel Jagessar and his son Junior are determined to change this.
Speaking to Guardian Media during a tour of his mas camp by students of Windermere Private School on Monday, Jagessar said the participation of children in Kiddies Carnival had declined because of the age of the internet.
The Carnival King and Queen competition is back where it belongs. This is the sentiment of two-time Carnival King Wade Madray as he weighed in on the finals of the competition being returned to Dimanche Gras.
“It’s exactly what it was supposed to be. It’s tradition. It’s the role of the Merry Monarch. The Merry Monarch rings in Carnival,” he said.