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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 25, 2013
• Dawad Philip (We People Inter-
national): "I am not bringing any band
next year. San Fernando has just become
a most difficult kind of place to be cul-
turally. It s been this way for sometime
now. Culture is now in a crisis. Carnival
in San Fernando is dead. Not even a
life support can save it.
"The prize money problem for this
year s Carnival hasn t even been
resolved as yet. The southern culture
is that people really want to go into
Port-of-Spain for mas. Nobody has
made any serious attempt to develop
and improve Carnival in San Fernan-
"The whole system of judging mas
in south is deplorable. There has never
been any serious lobby for mas in San
Fernando by South stakeholders to the
national organisation. Nobody makes
any money in San Fernando Carnival;
everybody is in the red, and owes
money. In South, we have to give away
costumes to make an impressive pres-
entation on Carnival day.
"Every year a post mortem is held
and that s just what it is: a meeting to
determine what caused the death of
Carnival in San Fernando."
• Dune Ali (Carnival Players kiddies
band): "I d like to see a change of route.
No one looks at Carnival in Port-of-
Spain. The route is long and by the
time the children get to the Savannah
they are tired, rushed off the stage, and
not allowed to present their band prop-
erly because the Savannah must be
cleared by 3 pm for Panorama finals.
"So, if children s mas was to begin
uptown, say around by Napa or the top
of Charlotte Street, the bands would
be able to cross the Savannah stage
from 8 am. The parade can end either
by bands coming downtown or going
to the (Queen s Park) Oval, or some
"The children of today are not the
children of yesteryear, in terms of
endurance. That lengthy route to the
Savannah is counterproductive and not
in the interest of anyone."
• Carol Holder (caterer/vendor/
Garden Kitchen): I have been doing
this (vending) for over 30 years and I
would like to see the NCC provide ven-
dors with proper locations. Where ven-
dors are placed bands and masqueraders
don t pass there. It has become pro-
gressively harder for vendors to earn
an honest dollar on Carnival, even for
those of us who have been on the track
of the Queen s Park Savannah for many
years. The NCC gives vendors a run
around and makes it harder each year
for us to get accreditation. They need
to rebuild booths and make them more
attractive, with improved facilities,
especially utilities and toilets. It s the
same booth they have been recycling
and constructing for years, and Carnival
• Junia Regrello (Skiffle Steel
Orchestra): "My concern isn t actually
one with the NCC, but one with Pan
Trinbago. I would like to see better effi-
ciency, and more co-operation from
law enforcement in getting bands on
and off stage at the Queen s Park
"Long ago, the captains of steelbands
had a little more authority in the Savan-
nah on Panorama day, by being allotted
special passes, but all that has changed.
As a steelband captain, on Panorama
final night in the Savannah, I can easily
be arrested by law-enforcement per-
• Sugar Aloes (calypsonian Michael
Osouna): "The NCC and the Govern-
ment need to give consideration to giv-
ing culture a bigger share of the money.
Imagine over $60 million is passed in
a budget and no mention is made of
culture, Carnival, pan, chutney or calyp-
"I would like to see those in authority
even try and help Weston (Rawlins),
aka Cro Cro, get back his calypso tent.
The NCC needs to give TUCO much
more money than is presently allocated
to the calypso body. No sponsor today
is assisting any calypso tent, so it s left
to TUCO and the NCC to help calypso
tents and calypso people. Prize money
needs to be seriously addressed in
• Stephen Derek (D Midas Asso-
ciates): "The NCC has to change the
entire format of Carnival. For starters,
they have to bring back Dimanche Gras
on a Sunday, with all its segments.
Without that, Carnival is not the same.
Dimanche Gras is the pinnacle of indi-
vidual competition in all aspects of the
"Something significant has to be
done about crowd control on the streets
of the capital on the two days of Car-
nival, especially around judging venues.
Bands should not be allowed to have
as many vehicles in bands. The prize
structure must be also restructured.
But, the NCC needs to sit down with
all SIGs and properly plan Carnival."
• Colin Greaves (Islandpeople Mas):
"We would like to see the NCC imple-
ment proper road management strate-
gies to ensure a smoother flow of bands
on Carnival day, taking into consider-
ation the many different facets involved,
like crowd control, security for mas-
queraders, management of vendors,
and proper sanitary conveniences for
spectators and masqueraders.
"There is need for a greater consol-
idatory effort for all stakeholders.
"From a personal point of view, I
would like to see a greater emphasis to
ensure that traditional mas doesn t die.
There s also need for greater marketing
of pre-Carnival shows. Audiences just
seem to be dwindling in recent years
at these shows, and our traditional mas
• Dean Ackin (Tribe): "I would like
to see the entire Parade of the Bands
route overhauled. I don t have a solution
for what the authorities should do but
I believe every single bandleader wants
the route rectified. I could live with
everything else in Carnival."
tops bandleaders' lists
An old time calypso said, "the road make to walk on Carnival Day," but for masqueraders like these sailors
from Neal and Massy All Stars, congestion can cause the road to feel like a torturous route on Carnival days.
At the top of the list for most bandleaders is a solution to the Carnival congestion.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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