It may seem as just a matter of procedure, but without President Anthony Carmona officially declaring the days of Carnival, then the festivities cannot legally take place.
And now he has, in accordance with The Public Holidays and Festivals Act.
The Ministry of Communications today issued the President's official declaration. It reads;
"His Excellency, Anthony Carmona, SC, ORTT, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in accordance with Section 5 of The Public Holidays and Festivals Act, Chapter 19:05, has declared that Carnival 2016 shall commence at 4.00 am. on Monday 8th February, 2016 and shall cease at 12.00 midnight on Tuesday 9th February, 2016."
The legislation is clear about the power of the President in this regard. Section 5 states;
"For the purposes of this section, the President may, by Order, declare any day to be a day of Public Festival in Trinidad and Tobago and may specify areas in which and conditions subject to which such public festival may be celebrated."
It goes on to say that "The President may make Regulations for the conduct and management of public festivals or any particular public festival and for the proper behaviour of persons and the preservation of the peace at such festivals; and, without prejudice to the generality of this provision, Regulations made under this subsection may permit persons to celebrate such festivals in the streets and other public places with parades, processions, music and fireworks, and may permit them to throw specified substances at other persons, to appear masked or otherwise disguised and generally to celebrate the festivals in any manner that may be prescribed."