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mas for big
stage next year
Chairman of the Re-
gional Carnival Com-
mittee Lennox Toussaint
yesterday described the
showcasing of traditional
mas on the big stage at the
Queen's Park Savannah on Carnival
Monday as wonderful success.
"Judging from the emails I got on the day
and having spoken to other people, like the
announcer at the event, Jemma Jordan, it
was a wonderful success," Toussaint said.
People felt it was a fantastic ini-
tiative by the NCC (National
The NCC for the first
time allowed traditional
from as far as Grande Riv-
iere, Penal, La Brea and
other villages across T&T
to across the stage for the
Responding to questions
on how successful was the
NCC initiative to give tradi-
tional mas a window on the
big stage for the first time, he
said, "The rationale was to
give traditional mas as much
time on the stage as possible,
which was achieved."
Spectators in the North
Stand, opened to the pub-
lic for free, saw Warrahoons
people of Venezuela, Som-
ari, a type of Burrokeet mas
from Penal with origins in the
worship of the Hindu goddess
Durga, wining gorillas, bats and other
The NCC had invited hotels to send
tourists to the event but up until late
morning only a handful of people
occupied seats in the stand.
Toussaint said one of the
other aims of the NCC was
to get people to come back
to the savannah on Monday
and this was achieved.
He said people previous-
ly stayed away on Monday
because they felt all they
were seeing in the savan-
nah were T-shirts and short
"We were able to bring
people back to the sa-
vannah," Toussaint said,
insisting as the day wore
on the crowd in the North
Stand built "quite nicely".
"The only time you will
see a filled North Stand is
for a Panorama semi-fi-
nals," Toussaint said.
"It was fantastic to see
families bringing their
children to understand
what traditional mas is
about. You would appre-
ciate this was not seen too
much in the recent past."
Toussaint said the event
may need a little tweaking
here and there but he was
very optimistic it would be
a bigger event in 2018.
Aftermath of Carnival
Employees of Aasa Painting Services, Morvant, paint the outside
Relish on Ariapita Avenue yesterday after Carnival celebrations
which left the business with dirty walls and the stench of urine.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
J'Ouvert revellers and masqueraders appar-
ently heeded the warning of possible prosecu-
tion and spared many Woodbrook residents
the expense of repainting walls and pressure
Instead residents and business owners were as-
saulted by another unpleasant mark - the stench
of stale urine as they opened their doors yesterday.
One restaurant owner complained that urine
seeped into the back of his premises and reached
inside his kitchen.
The owner of Relish on Ariapita Avenue said he was greet-
ed with the stench as he entered his business yesterday but
was even more shocked to see a large amount of urine actually
inside the kitchen.
"The way the door at the entrance to the kitchen on Gatacre Street
is made, you could hide yourself behind it and fix up. It seemed so
many people used this spot it leaked into the kitchen," he said.
"I walked right into it."
The owner said he got some Carnival paint on the side
walls of his business but it wasn't enough to be a problem.
"But coming into the restaurant and seeing the urine
on the kitchen floor, that was a big challenge. We had to
get some Pinesol and soap and scrub out the kitchen."
He said he did not know how the National Carnival
Commission (NCC) planned to find perpetrators and
"This whole area around here, even on the Oval
side which is always nasty after Carnival, is very
clean," she said.
"But there is the strong smell of urine all over,
mostly on corners. We actually had to throw some
disinfectant on the sidewalk in front the business."
Black said Mr Chow's was open for business for
Carnival but closed its washrooms and set up a
mobile toilet for customers.
But even around that was filthy with urine, she
A spokesperson of Film Processors Ltd of Wood-
brook, who spoke on the condition of anonymity,
said the bright, yellow wall in front the business
was relatively clean yesterday.
"Normally, you would see paint, marks, but this
year we did not have any issues." However, he also
had to deal with urine stench in the area.
The NCC, adopting a no tolerance approach to
the defacing of property by Carnival masquerad-
ers, had announced days before the festival that it
would be imposing fines on bandleaders if their
masqueraders defaced properties.
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