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A heavy presence of police officers on foot and
in vehicles throughout Port-of-Spain did not pre-
vent violence in the city, as a group of non-paying
masqueraders threw bottles at J Ouvert revellers
in a band, injuring several people.
The incident took place at around 6.20 am when
Cocoa Devils' J'Ouvert band made their way along
Pole Carew Street, Woodbrook.
A group of five men who were not registered to
play with the band attempted to storm the band.
The band's security staff was alerted and con-
fronted the men, pushing them out of the roped
area, eyewitnesses said.
In retaliation, the men started throwing bottles
wildly toward the startled crowd, who quickly dis-
persed in an attempt to get away from the violence.
While some people were hit with the bottles,
others were injured from broken glass and were
taken to the St James hospital for treatment.
The incident comes two years after former Port-
of-Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing pleaded with the
Government to ban glass bottles from the capital
city during Carnival celebrations.
In 2015 a man was killed after being stabbed
with a broken glass bottle during an argument
with two other men over his girlfriend.
The incident happened despite thorough police
searches at City Gate and in downtown Port-of-
Police set up search exercises at the Uriah Butler
Highway and Lady Young Road, Morvant, leaving
hundreds of motorists and would be J'Ouvert mas-
queraders and spectators in traffic gridlocks.
The police presence was also heavy on the city
streets, with officers highly visible, both on foot
and in vehicles.
While violence spoiled the festivities for some
masqueraders uptown, Downtown Carnival, which
also had a large contingent of police officers, was
Port-of-Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee with
Minister of Arts, Culture and Community Devel-
opment Nyan Gadsby-Dolly at his side read the
declaration to officially begin the national festi-
val.Competing masqueraders at the downtown judg-
ing point covered politics, elections, recession and
former Central Bank Governor Jwala Rambarran
in their J'Ouvert portrayals.
Herbert Pierre, who won last year, retained his
crown as King of J'Ouvert, 2016, in Port-of-Spain
with his portrayal "Captain Gary Griffith didn't
make it with the third force."
Helen Fullard was crowned the J'Ouvert Queen
with her portrayal "Queen Kamla get a real cut
arse in Tobago."
Revellers hurt in J'Ouvert fracas
Carnival Monday 2016 kicked
off yesterday with some of the
bigger bands crossing the judging
point at South Quay with no
Downtown Port-of-Spain was a
sea of colour and excitement as
revellers defied the blazing heat in
Machel Montano's Waiting on
Stage featuring Badjohn Republic
was one of the most played songs
by the bands yesterday.
Just before noon, Harts crossed
the stage with their presentation
Harts Carnival's band launch last
year was a fashionable extravaganza
for the collection aptly titled Vogue.
The collection features lots of
luxurious colours and, of course,
lots of feathers.
Following Harts was the band
Bliss and their presentation of the
This was reflected in their cos-
tumes with names such as the Tan-
gled Web and Honey.
Tribe then followed and they
presented one of their concepts
this year, Lost Tribe---A Revolution
According to Tribe, the story is
told by the Spirit of the Savannah,
the oldest witness to T&T's Car-
nival as people know it, the centre
of activities and the heartbeat of
It all refers to T&T's "lost
artistry" of Carnival which is now
just a street party and not real art.
Their costume concepts included
Mist, Poui Blossom, Blaze and Ava.
Other bands that followed
included Island People, Ronnie and
Caro and Petlemas which all passed
the judges well into mid-afternoon.
The stands in South Quay, Port-
of-Spain, were half empty yester-
day as activities have traditionally
been slower on Mondays than on
Carnival Tuesday when masquer-
aders are out in full glitz and glam-
Machel leads in road march race
Smooth flow of bands in downtown venue
CHARLES KONG SOO
Soca star Machel Montano was the
frontrunner in the Road March race
at Adam Smith Square, up to press
During yesterday's Parade of Bands
at the Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, judg-
ing point, Montano's Waiting On The
Stage was clearly the most popular song.
There were more people on the pave-
ment than in the stands along the venue.
When one of the music trucks of
Carnival band Dream Team's presen-
tation Magic Carpet Ride was near the
stage, Montano's song was played so
loudly, however, that an announcer
asked the music truck to lower the
music because the judges and the people
needed to hear the information on the
For Adam Smith Square on a Mon-
day, action began early at 10.30 am with
Legacy's Life is... which was followed
by Ronnie and Caro's Tears Of... then
a lull around 11.45 am and a steady flow
of large, medium and small bands into
the afternoon period.
Under a hot sun the revellers danced
with abandon as if maximising their
time onstage in one of the shortest Car-
nival seasons in years as if to extract
every ounce of enjoyment.
There were Island People Mas now
rebranded as IP Mas with its 2016 pres-
entation Pantheon: Summon the
Guardians; Yuma's Indulge In The Sweet
Life; D Krewe's Loving The Mas; Roam
The Mas band's Kings, Queens and
Vagabonds; Showtime Trinidad's Dance
Warrior Dance; Veni Friends' Devils and
Angels: To Hell and Back; Frenz N
Dem's We Like It So; Shhhh Entertain-
ment & Indulgence's Satisfy Your Every
Indulgence; Just Wee & Friends Cele-
brating Wee Own; The Belmont Jewels'
Conquest De La Chiquita; Starlift Steel
Orchestra's Through The Years; and
The Original Jab Jabs.
Last year, Montano captured the Road
March title with Like A Boss; and if he
wins this year it will be his eighth title.
Full show for spectators in Woodbrook
Centre left: Herbert Pierre during his winning portrayal of Captain Gary Griffith
Didn't Make It With the Third Force during the Downtown Carnival Committee's
King and Queen of J'ouvert Competition, South Quay, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTOS: ROBERTO CODALLO
Above: Helen Fullard during her winnning portrayal of Kamla Get A Real Cut Arse
in Tobago during the Downtown Carnival Committee's King and Queen of
J'ouvert Competition, South Quay, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
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