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Carnival bands crossed the stage at Queen s
Park savannah quicker yesterday ensuring there
was no major congestion and delays.
President of the National Carnival Bands Asso-
ciation (NCBA) David Lopez said the free flow was
due to a reduction in the amount of time a band
can stay on the stage. Speaking with reporters yes-
terday, he said in previous years some large bands
would have stayed on the stage for almost an hour,
adding that there were some 16 large bands in the
competition. Lopez said the bands agreed to the
change and most leaders ensured the time-limit
was met yesterday.
As the bands crossed the stage in the full costumes,
most of then danced to Machel Montano s Ministry
of Road, which is expected to be announced as the
2014 Road march. The road march is the song most
played at carnival venues across the country. Yes-
terday at the Queen s Park Savannah, Montano s
closest rival Farmer Nappy s Big People Party was
in a distant second.
Almost 45 minutes after the scheduled start of
the Parade of the Bands, the first band Harts Ltd,
led by Luis Hart crossed the stage to the delight of
the small crowd at that time with its 2014 presen-
tation was entitled Of Love and War.
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley and former
Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam were seen on stage
shortly after playing sailor mas in the medium band
Just Wee and Friends, which was led by Earl Crosby
and Anne-Marie Placide. Its presentation was entitled
"Saga of the Open Seas.
Up to mid-afternoon the band Tribe had not
crossed the stage. That band was one which opted
to participated at the new Socadrome location, at
the Jean Pierre Complex.
National Security Minister Gary Griffith and top
security officials, including acting Commissioner
of Police Stephen Williams also crossed the stage.
At no time were the Grand or North stands filled
to capacity as many spectators opted to remain on
the grounds of the savannah to witness the parade
Ronnie McIntosh s presentation De River Come
Down was also on stage early yesterday morning.
His band was followed minutes later by another
crowd favourite Legacy s Nature s Touch.
World record-holder for the highest Test score
and first class scores, Brian Lara crossed the stage
with former Manchester United and T&T national
footballer Dwight Yorke in the large band Fantasy
Carnival with its presentation of Secrets of the Deep.
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Teamwork paid off
for 28th FEBRUARY, 2014
MELISSA DOUGHTY and
National Security Minister
Gary Griffith said yesterday
2014 was one of the safest
Carnivals ever and if the trend
continued he would be the
happiest minister alive.
Griffith spoke with reporters
as he toured the downtown
Carnival areas yesterday and
he was accompanied by Ag
Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams, Chief of
Defence Staff Kenrick Maharaj
and other security officers.
He said: "The success speaks
for itself. What he have seen
here is a first whereby, the
forces have worked together
there has been proper collab-
oration, in no small part
because of the National Oper-
ations Centre and you have
seen the success. That is why
I continue to ask all law-abid-
ing citizens to continue to work
with the law enforcement offi-
cials, provide them with that
information and the success
He said the success did not
just have to do with Carnival
Monday and Tuesday but
rather throughout the entire
season. He said every day law
enforcement officials put their
heads together, there was a plan
done based on the threat
assessment of the events, all-
inclusives and Carnival func-
"We will continue along that
line and it shows that we are
in the right direction," he said.
"Some people have actually
complained. Some people were
like they were hearing too
many sirens and encountered
too many road blocks but you
can t win," he said. Griffith
there were plans to increase
"This has been the safest
Carnival in a very long time
and if this continues today I
would be the happiest minister
alive," he quipped.
Meanwhile, at the
Socadrome, Williams said there
was a lot of cooperation from
the public and masqueraders.
"We ve had a fantastic Carni-
We ve had no serious com-
plaints, but J Ouvert there was
a complain about traffic con-
gestion on the highway. But
that is expected. It has been
He said there was no protest
from Woodbrook residents.
"In my opinion it has been
a success. We have the next
few hours to bring closure to
it. But the way it has been
going it has been excellent. This
year we have done more work
in making the Carnival better
and we have seen the results.
"Far more officers have been
deployed this year. Hope that
next year we can take it to
another level," he added.
Griffith said the new
Socadrome venue made it eas-
ier for police to get to different
locations in a faster time.
He promised that the 2015
Carnival will be better. He said
there will be an immediate post
mortem to look at what needs
to be improved.
He also voiced concerns
about minors drinking alcohol
in all-inclusive bands and at
the possibility of banning glass
A glass bottle fight among
two groups in Port-of-Spain
marred the Monday J Ouvert
celebrations. The incident
occurred between French Street
and Adam Smith Square on
Former mayor Louis Lee
Sing had called for the banning
of glass bottles in the Carnival
Montano's MOR in front
National Security Minister on Carnival plan...
Former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam with Harts presentation Of
Love & War cross the Queen's Park Savannah stage during the
parade of bands in Port-of-Spain yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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