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.
See the list of Groovy Soca monarch semi-finalists along with those for the Power Soca monarch which was released by the Fantastic Friday International Soca Monarch on Sunday evening.
Power Soca Monarch Semi-finalists
Groovy Soca Monarch Semi-finalists
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.
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.
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.