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.

Griffith discusses Carnival security with NCC

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.

Over 200 fetes for Carnival 2019, 45 are new

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 warns Carnival band owners, "Don't give alcohol to minors"

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.

Griffith holds talks with POS mayor

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. 

Entice, Revolution launch 2019 Carnival presentations

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.