Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 16th 2015 Contents Young revellers from Tanz's
Unique Gems' presentation of
A Masquerader's Wish show of
their costumes during the
Kiddies Carnival at Skinner
Park, San Fernando, yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
A masquerader from House of
Jacqui's presentation Look De
Band Comin crosses the stage
during yesterday's Kiddies
Carnival celebrations at
Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas.
PHOTO: VINDRA GOPAUL
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, February 16, 2015
Though rains pelted from the skies
and spectators ran for shelter, hun-
dreds of children followed Machel
Montano s instruction and partied
Like a boss during the annual San
Fernando City Corporation Kiddies
Carnival celebrations yesterday.
The parade began under brilliant
sunshine at Mon Repos, where 15 bands
gathered to participate in the school
and non-school categories. However,
by noon when the first band Eccles
Village Anglican School crossed the
stage at Skinner Park with its portrayal
of Myths and Mysteries, the weather
The El Dorado gold section as well
as the Unicorns, who wore pink, yellow
and gold, were drenched.
Lionel Jagessar's large band arrived
at the judging point half an hour later
with a portrayal of the Iroquois, Sarato-
ga, Oneida, Tuscarona, Onandaga and
Southern Woodland tribes which live
along the Mohawk River. They were
followed by the House of Jacqui's pres-
entation of Dis is Mas.Similar to other
portrayals, this band focused on all the
aspects of T&T's culture, including its
cosmopolitan people, sports and music.
Vanessa West's costume, titled "
Ganges Meets the Nile," and Ricardo
Albert's portrayal of "T&T the Land
of Oil and Music" wowed the specta-
The Bahai Girls, Ras Mas and Flag
Party sections, as well as the Soca War-
riors crew enjoyed their jump up on
the stage, which became flooded with
colour and waving flags.
But as this band left, winds and rains
again began pounding the stage, causing
technical crews to hurriedly cover their
equipment with tarpaulin. However,
the music never stopped and the fourth
band, Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel of Rum,
flowed freely with pirates waving their
shiny plastic machetes in time with
The San Fernando Girls' Anglican
came next and also partied in the rain
doing a portrayal of T&T in its Splendid
Glory. Depicting the Spanish, French,
Chinese, African and East Indian influ-
ence on T&T culture, the students gave
the spectators a lesson in history.
At 2.30 pm, Taniz's Unique Gems
arrived at the park, soaked but happy.
Kalomi Marshall, who was dressed in
a genie costume, vowed to grant wishes.
The five-section band portrayed T&T's
sweet music, sunshine, wealth, diversity
Co-ordinator Walid Baksh said the
2015 portrayals were of a high standard
compared to previous years.
"Mas makers are investing more in
Carnival so the creativity and standards
are very high. We are trying to improve
the quality of mas in San Fernando,"
However, some patrons said the
SFCC should have set up more dis-
posable toilets for the children as well
as covered street seating for specta-
"People love to watch mas but the
city needs to cater for this and provide
the necessary facilities," one spectator
Some of the bands are expected to
return to the streets today and tomor-
American citizen Errol "Bunny"
Henry went missing on Carnival Sat-
urday and relatives are worried about
Henry's brother Clyde, who visited
the T&T Guardian's Port-of-Spain
office yesterday, said family members
had searched everywhere but his brother
was not found.
Henry, who lives in New York, came
to T&T to participate in Carnival cel-
"He was staying upstairs Vic's Cafe
at Pashley Street in Laventille and
around seven on Saturday morning he
left and walked out the road," Clyde
"We are particularily worried because
my brother suffers from Alzheimer's
disease. He had no cell phone or doc-
uments on him and people from the
area do not know him because he does
not live here."
Clyde said a missing person's report
was made to the Besson Street Police
Anyone with information is asked to
call 776 6994 or 790 6902
Missing US citizen Errol Delano.
in the rain
Carnival visitor goes missing
These umbrellas came in handy for young masqueraders from the San Fernando Girls' RC school as they
paraded during the Kiddies Carnival at Skinner Park, San Fernando, yesterday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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