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Sunday s blue riband event is Dimanche Gras, pro-
duced by Carl "Beaver" Henderson, its stellar item
being the crowning of the 2015 National Calypso
Monarch. Again, interest is keen in this final to see
if Chucky can retain his title. On Sunday, finalists will
be required to perform two songs but, based on the
one song judged thus far, the favourites are Devon
Seale, Queen Victoria and Tigress.
Hope I am not being controversial here when I say
that Sugar Aloes and Kurt Allen should have been
selected for Sunday s final. Aloes, like Queen Victoria,
Tigress, Seales and Allen, gave one of the best all
round performances at the
semi-final. His was a well
balanced composition and
his delivery of the song was
perfect. I think that Allen s
song---King #2---was totally
misunderstood, resulting in
After this crazy weekend,
Carnival reaches fever pitch
on Monday and Tuesday
with two days of mas-
querading and revelry on
the streets of the nation.
Pulse urges everyone to
have fun, enjoy the Carnival
but be civil and let moderation be your watchword
these next five days. You need to be around, healthy
and safe, come Ash Wednesday.
Fatima College honours pan
It was a night of firsts for Fatima College and
Carnival all-inclusive fetes. At last Saturday s Dancing
Under the Chandelier, hosted by Fatima Old Boys
Association (FOBA), Dil-e-Nadan performed first and
was the first band I have heard to include a pan shoot-
out during its set. Contested between Dane Gulston
of Massy Trinidad All Stars and Yohan Chuckaree of
Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, patrons lapped up this
innovation with relish.
The Asylum Vikings and Roy Cape All Stars both
performed well-rehearsed and polished sets, although
the Vikings, like Machel Montano subsequently,
encountered sound engineering problems. Arriving
late for its performance, having overcome a problem
at an earlier event, the Vikings did a truncated set.
The turnout at Fatima s Under the Chan-
delier was huge, with many patrons adhering
to the requested dress code of white with a
touch of blue. It was attended by president
Anthony Carmona and his wife Reema,
National Security Minister Carl Alfonso,
Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh,
Housing and Environment Minister Roodal
Moonilal, parliamentarian Donna Cox, former
ministers Gary Griffith and Emmanuel
George, West Indies cricketer Brian Lara,
and former Port-of-Spain Mayor Louis Lee
Sing. Protocol for the evening was managed
by Fatima alumnus Justice Malcolm Holdip.
The Food Court at Fatima was as expansive
as it was elaborate, run in addition to a dozen
innovative Corporate Hospitality booths
served with ultra-premium service, including
from executive chef Debra Sardinah Metivier.
Food stations were spread through the entire
premises of the college, extending into Francis
Lau Street behind the college.
A member of the organising committee
disclosed that, in addition to the corporate
sections, there were 40,000 food servings
on the night.
Another first for a school fete was the
Security, Safety and Operations Centre, which
was monitored by Venue Operations Centre
with over 20 camera monitors, plus a Text
Messaging Board and radios. Effective security
in and out of the venue was expertly managed
by TSZ, coordinated by FOBA president
Dwight Andrews. The entire sporting ground,
transformed into a carpark, was covered by
a carpet of vehicles. Cars parked on every
surrounding street around the college, too.
The eye-catching decor at the venue was
designed by Fatima College old boy Robert
Solomon and included chandeliers hung
throughout the venue, including 18ft x 14ft
chandelier structures in the main area.
Other amenities with patrons in mind
included a shoe-check courtesy, for female
patrons wishing to swap their high heel shoes
for flats, and a masseuse parlour. A welcomed
first was the Gourmet Food to go service
when leaving the fete.
Technical difficulties affected Machel Mon-
tano s set when he performed after midnight.
The party ended at 1.30 am.
Roderick "Chucky" Gordon
will defend his Calypso
Monarch title on Sunday
night at Dimanche Gras.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Can Chucky retain his title?
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