Carnival 2019 officially declared

Until today, Carnival 2019 was not official. Now it is.

President Paula Mae Weekes, under the Public Holidays and Festivals Act, Chapter 19:05, under section 5, has declared that Carnival, 2019 shall commence at 4 am on Monday March 4th, 2019 and shall cease at midnight on Tuesday March 5th, 2019.

This Order is cited as the Public Festivals (Carnival) Order, 2019.

So why is this important? Well, there are certain things that take place at Carnival time that will breach the law, unless a public festivals declaration has been made.

Gypsy: NCC still waiting for 2019 funding

With mere weeks away from Car­ni­val 2019, chair­man of the Na­tion­al Car­ni­val Com­mis­sion (NCC) Win­ston "Gyp­sy" Pe­ters says his or­gan­i­sa­tion is yet to re­ceive fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment to man­age the coun­try's Great­est Show on Earth.

Pe­ters dis­closed this af­ter Wednes­day's Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee meet­ing to ex­am­ine NCC's fi­nan­cial ex­pen­di­ture for the years 2010 to 2018 was post­poned to April 10.

$7 million for Tobago Carnival

Cruise ship vis­i­tors joined a mi­ni-Car­ni­val street pa­rade on Monday as the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly launched this year’s fes­ti­val in down­town Scar­bor­ough.

The Com­mis­sion has a bud­get of $7 mil­lion for this year’s event; $200,000 less than last year.

The To­ba­go Fes­ti­vals Com­mis­sion — the THA de­liv­ery arm for the man­age­ment of all fes­ti­vals is in charge of the event.

Judging in single pan prelims begins Tuesday

Pan Trinbago’s National Panorama Single Pan preliminaries will run off in all regions over an 8-day period with a total of 63 registered bands.

Bands will be judged at their respective panyards/communities on their designated day.

Listing of the bands, dates and times is attached.

South/Central Region bands will be the first group to face the adjudication panel on Tuesday January 22 (4) and Wednesday January 23 (6).

The following day, Thursday January 24, is earmarked for Tobago based bands.

Some six (6) bands will go through their paces.