Pierre family claims J’Ouvert crowns again

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.

Smoother flow for South bands

The change of the mas­quer­aders’ route for Car­ni­val in San Fer­nan­do en­sured for the first time in many years there was a smooth flow of bands for the J’Ou­vert cel­e­bra­tions.

There was no long wait­ing be­tween bands for spec­ta­tors gath­ered at the Har­ris Prom­e­nade judg­ing point or the usu­al con­ges­tion at Cipero Street, which in pre­vi­ous years pre­vent­ed many bands from reach­ing the judg­ing point.

It was al­so the first time in years that at the 4 am start time that sev­er­al bands were al­ready on the pa­rade route.

More venues to park in Port-of-Spain

Ad­di­tion­al park­ing mea­sures have been im­ple­ment­ed in Port-of-Spain over the next two days to cater to the in­flux of peo­ple flood­ing the cap­i­tal dur­ing the hec­tic Car­ni­val pe­ri­od.

Port-of-Spain Ma­jor Joel Mar­tinez has giv­en ap­proval for park­ing at Nel­son Man­dela

Park on Car­ni­val Mon­day from 1 am to 11 pm and on Car­ni­val Tues­day from 5 am to 11 pm.

A fee of $50 per day or any part there­fore will ap­ply.

Gary urges cops to report for Carnival duty

Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith is urg­ing all ac­tive po­lice of­fi­cers to turn out for work on Car­ni­val Mon­day and Tues­day, not based on con­se­quences, but be­cause of "pa­tri­o­tism and an an­swer to the call to du­ty".

A to­tal of 6,000 of­fi­cers are ex­pect­ed to re­port for du­ty across the coun­try dur­ing the Car­ni­val pe­ri­od, with some 1,600 po­lice of­fi­cers be­ing ros­tered to work in the Port-of-Spain Di­vi­sion, to pro­vide blan­ket se­cu­ri­ty for the dis­trict over the next two days.

Megan Crowned Central Carnival Queen

Megan Mer­rick has been crowned Miss Cen­tral Car­ni­val Queen.

She won the ti­tle on Sat­ur­day night when the pageant came off at the Cou­va Pub­lic Car Park.

Mer­rick took home a $6,000 cash prize, tro­phies, and a ham­per.

Megan, who is a stu­dent of the Holy Faith Con­vent, com­pet­ed against six oth­er fi­nal­ists.

She al­so took the ti­tles of Miss El­e­gance, Miss In­tel­li­gence, and the Best Gown.

Plac­ing sec­ond was Daniel­la Williams who al­so copped the award for Best Cos­tume. In the third spot was Aiesha Blaze.