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Unlike previous years when spectators
waited for hours to see a small band pass
through the streets of San Fernando, this
year's J'Ouvert celebration turned out to
be a massive showing of masqueraders
who took the city by storm.
Most of the 32 bands crossed the judging
point at the Southern Academy for the Per-
forming Arts (SAPA) with masqueraders out-
There were all the ingredients that made
J'Ouvert celebration one of the most enjoyed
events for Trinidadians: Drunken revelry, cos-
tumes, paint, water and soca music that was
dominated by the Ultimate Rejects'Road March
contending song, Full Extreme.
Machel Montano's Beat it and Iwer George's
Take ah Bathe also got a chance on the DJ's
rotation. Although each band had a theme,
masqueraders had their own style ranging
from colourful hair and wigs, to large specta-
cles, fishnet stockings and their own personal
designs on their costumes.
For spectators at SAPA, it was a one-stop
shop for entertainment as the traditional and
conventional mas, and steel pan now had the
same judging point as opposed to two.
An excited San Fernando mayor Junia Regrel-
lo said yesterday's celebration was testimony
that J'Ouvert was flourishing in San Fernando.
While admitting that the traditional mas was
dying, he said there is a need to accept that
time can change tradition.
"We started off with a bang and I am really
excited with what I see here this morning. San
Fernando is alive, J'Ouvert is alive.
"There are very interesting portrayals in
the folk category. I see large bands and there
is greater participation," Regrello said.
He said the San Fernando Carnival Commit-
tee will consider assembling bleachers on the
roadside for patrons come next year.
He said the committee had a shortfall of
funds this year, but found some ways to ad-
Members of the band Bman and Lord Street Fusion portrayal of Doh Cross De
Border during J'Ouvert celebrations in San Fernando on Monday.
Masqueraders in the band Divas International presentation of Trini Mardi Gras. PHOTOS: RISHI RAGOONATH
A masquerader throws red paint on revellers in the band Sofa Kings with their
presentatinon of Paint in the Sofa Kings.
South J'Ouvert revellers
out in full force
Convenor of San Fernando Carnival, council-
lor Naigum Joseph said many southerners who
usually go to Port-of-Spain to play mas have
He said San Fernando was best alternative to Port-
Joseph's band, Shut Up and Wine, was the first to
reach the judges at 5.15 am, 75 minutes after the J'Ou-
vert celebrations were launched. Their presentation
of We Bring the Fire showed a red and white flock of
revellers prancing under water and paint.
A&K Fashion Lab's presented the Forbidden Fruit, a
representation of masqueraders' indulgence in the lust
of Carnival. In their hundreds, De Image People put
on a theatrical performance with their Presentation
of 31-39 D' Place, representing the location of the San
Fernando Market along Mucurapo Street. Depicting
how women dressed for the market from the 1960 to
now, the costumes became more seductive as the years
The few traditional bands provided humour, like the
Whatsapp, who created laughter with their presenta-
tion of In D Local Elections Tie 4 Grande, referring the
tie in the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation after
last year's local government elections. It showed two
people, one dressed in a UNC shirt and the others in
a PNM blouse, being tied together. Even the treasury
made a visit to South, but it was dry.
Pan Elders, who on Saturday completed a beaver
trick in the medium band category of the National
Panorama Competition, created a steel pan party on
the Rienzi Kirton Highway with an upbeat and pol-
ished performance of Sugar Aloe's Roti and Talkarie.
Skifle Steel Band also rendered a groovy performance
of Bajan Soca artiste Peter Ram's Good Morning.
Police reported that there was little violence in the
J'Ouvert celebrations with only a few skirmishes that
were quickly quelled.
At 11. 30 am, police stopped the celebration with
several bands yet to cross. Officers said the time had
expired and workers needed to clean the streets for
the afternoon events.
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