Mayor: No $$ for Arima mas

Carnival celebrations in Arima are in jeopardy as a result of inadequate funding from the National Carnival Commission (NCC).

In light of its slashed budget, Arima mayor Lisa Morris-Julian yesterday admitted that several competitions for Carnival, organised by the Arima Carnival Committee (ACC), had to be cancelled.

Last year, the corporation received $220,000 but spent $500,000 for Carnival events.

This year, the corporation collected $100,000 with pledges from a few businesses to the tune of $50,000 to offset costs.

75 mas bands to cross Savannah stage

A total of 75 small, medium and large bands have registered with the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to cross the Queen’s Park Savannah stage for the Parade of the Bands on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

Confirmation came from an NCC source who has been putting preparations in place for the two-day street parade. The spokesman said masqueraders will have access to six routes.

The colour-coded routes outlined in an NCC 2018 Carnival map which the T&T Guardian obtained have been listed as Band, Socadrome, Piccadilly, Exit, Emergency and Escape.