A meeting among Chaguanas Carnival bandleaders and police to iron out crucial issues prior to the festival had to be called off as no officers turned up on Wednesday.
The bandleaders were left disappointed at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation’s Administrative Complex at Cumberbatch Street after they waiting for an hour.
Among the issues the bandleaders wanted to discuss was the process to obtain special permits to use their vehicles on restricted routes.
The local arm of SWAHA says bandleaders need to acknowledge prevailing emotion in the population, before deciding on concepts for bands.
The organisation was responding to a recent controversy on the presentation of Brian MacFarlane's 2017 Carnival Band.
One section has been criticised for the use of clothing that resembles that used in the Hindu religion.
The following is SWAHA's statement.
"The recent controversy regarding the portrayal by a particular section of a Carnival band signals the need for greater awareness of the sensitivities of our population.