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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.