J’Ouvert bands are resisting the suggestion that they be shifted from Woodbrook and environs to Port-of-Spain for the 2019 Carnival celebrations.
They claim that such a move to the capital city will result in their masqueraders being targeted by the criminal elements and lead to chaos and confusion. On Wednesday, Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald, at a press conference with president of the Woodbrook Residents’ Association Lynette Dolly and other stakeholders, put forward seven recommendations for Carnival and J’Ouvert bands for next year’s Carnival to help regulate them.
The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation hosted a special cultural showcase to celebrate the premiere of the film Black Panther at MovieTowne Tobago and Tobagonians came out in full support dressed to the nines as African royalty.
Globally, movie-goers and theatres have been creating cultural experiences at the film’s screenings, with African-inspired fashion and music being used to celebrate the positive depiction of African culture and the African continent in the critically-acclaimed film.
Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene McDonald will be approaching Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi to deal legislatively with noise pollution for next year’s Carnival celebrations.
McDonald raised the issue at a press conference at City Hall, Port-of-Spain, which was attended by Environmental Management Authority representative Lall Beharry, Lynette Dolly, president of the Woodbrook Residents’ Association and Port-of-Spain mayor Joel Martinez.
We see the shimmer of the costumes; a multitude of colours that engulf the streets of Port of Spain, San Fernando and at Regional Carnival celebrations, we hear the fierce and passionate lyrics of our musicians as they compete for coveted Monarch titles, we feel the energy of the steel drums whose sound beckons that invisible carnival spirit that lives in all of us.
But little is told about the dreams that come true for the world’s greatest eruption of euphoria. The journey of the Music Schools in the Community is one such hidden story.
Road March winner Machel Montano has thrown his support behind the initiative for Tobago to have its own Carnival.
Since 2011, there have been calls for Tobago to have its own Carnival instead of having celebrations the same time as Trinidad.
Montano gave his take on the issue during his performance at the Call to Paradise premium all-inclusive event at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort on Saturday.
Montano urged those in authority to be brave and grasp the opportunity for Trinidad and Tobago to have separate Carnivals on each island.
Woodbrook residents have put forward four proposals to their Member of Parliament in a bid to stop masqueraders and J’Ouvert revellers from defacing their properties annually during Carnival celebrations.
Chairman of the Woodbrook Residents Committee Lynette Dolly in a recent meeting with Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene Mc Donald suggested that unregistered J’Ouvert bands be shifted from Woodbrook to Port-of-Spain for Carnival 2019.