Police Commissioner Gary Griffith today conducted a site visit at the Queen’s Park Savannah (QPS), along with officials of the National Carnival Commission (NCC), to discuss various safety and security measures being rolled out by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) for Carnival 2019.
A police statement said the talks centered on safety measures for all events being held at the QPS for Carnival 2019, as well as plans to secure the country and the capital city, Port of Spain, during the celebrations.
With the dawn of the new year comes the dawn of the new Carnival season (although in reality, it's hard to tell when it truly ends or starts in T&T).
This year, there are over 200 fetes planned for the two months leading up to the parade of the bands that takes place on March 4 and 5, 2019.
In fact, promoters have added 45 new fetes this year.
The month of January accounts for 32 fetes, four of which have already taken place, with January 1 kicking off the season.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith says officers will be cracking down on bar owners, fete promoters and Carnival bandleaders who allow minors to consume alcohol on the premises or during their events.
He said the crackdown has already started at various points across T&T.
“I have made a public statement advising that officers, including those in plain clothes, would be monitoring establishments that do not comply with the regulations,” Griffith told Guardian Media Wednesday.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith held talks today with Port of Spain mayor Joel Martinez to discuss security arrangements for the Christmas and Carnival season.
They also discussed the use of glass bottles by patrons during next year's Carnival celebrations as well as wrecking and street vending in the Capital city.
Commissioner Griffith and His Worship Martinez reaffirmed their commitment to deepen collaboration toward ensuring safety and security of all citizens who enter Port of Spain.
Mas lovers were treated to two band launches in one night last Saturday, as Entice Carnival shared their stage with the all-new Harts’ family Carnival band entitled Revolution.
Both bands launched their 2019 presentations before a captive and enthusiastic audience at the Queen’s Park Oval members car-park with Entice presenting nine sections for “Fete De Rue” and Revolution presenting eight sections for “Rapture”.
The two bands have also agreed to share one mas-camp on Alcazar Street in St. Clair and will also “roll together” on the road come Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
This weekend's Festival of the Bands that was due to take place over two days on Saturday and Sunday, has been reduced to just one day - Saturday and the venue has been changed to the Jean Pierre Complex.
The announcement was made of Tribe Carnival's Facebook page, attributing the change to the weather.