Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 5th 2014 Contents SHALIZA HASSANALI
Despite threats from Woodbrook
residents to protest against
Socadrome, the venue for the coun-
try s newest Carnival Parade of the
Bands on Carnival Tuesday, there
were no objections yesterday, as
15,000 plus masqueraders paraded
in a kaleidoscope of colours.
Except for a two-hour late start, a
poor spectator turnout, bandleaders
from non competing bands-Tribe,
Bliss, Harts, Yuma and Passion all
agreed that Socadrome was a big suc-
Edmund Seow, bandleader of Yuma,
the first to cross the stage at 10 a.m.
with Machel Montano s Ministry of
Road, stated that masqueraders were
pleased with the new route, which
had no bottlenecks.
Seow said he would use the route
again for Carnival 2015, if approval is
Manager of Bliss, Denny Attai said
there were no hiccups for his band,
which took less than 90 minutes from
St Clair Avenue to the complex.
He too said he was willing to use
the route next year.
One of Tribe s designers Valmiki
Maharaj also expressed similar sen-
"Socadrome is it, if you ask me,"
Many of the masqueraders the T&T
Guardian spoke to said they took less
time getting to Socadrome, when
compared to the congested traditional
route to the Queen s Park Savannah.
Among them was Yuma masquer-
ader Kavell Keir, who said, at no time
she became frustrated because the
parade flowed smoothly.
British national Patrick Nichols, an
annual visitor for Carnival, gave the
organisers of Socadrome a thumbs
"It was fantastic even though some
of the masqueraders did not wear
their entire costumes."
Patron Roslyn Antoine said
Socadrome was an excellent alterna-
tive venue for the parade, which the
National Carnival Commission should
consider next year.
Many of the residents on Hamilton
Holder Street, where the bands turned
into after exiting the stage could not
been seen in their garages or patios,
as their doors and windows were shut
However, one resident, Che Pegus
was seen standing in his premises enjoying the
Pegus said as promised, the music on the trucks
"The Monday night and J Ouvert bands made
a lot more noise than these five bands. They did
not create much disruption. However, some of the
masqueraders were depositing litter in front of our
Media liaison officer of Socadrome Danielle
Jones-Hunte said they were happy with the way
things had turned out.
Hunte said they have no regrets despite spectator
turn out was not the best.
She said the bandleaders would have to decide
if they want to make Socadrome an annual event.
"It is too early to tell."
Hunte said bandleader Roslyn Gabriel had prom-
ised to join the five bands "but that was still up
in the air."
Revellers from Tribe's cross the Socadrome stage at the Jean Pierre Complex ,Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain during Tuesday's parade of
bands with their 2014 protrayal of Tribe 10. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 5, 2014
JERNINGHAM JUNCTION GOSPEL HALL
#6 Foster Road
The Church gathered at the
Jerningham Junction Gospel Hall
wishes to advise that
Mr. Ram Phakira is no longer
authorized to represent us on any
matter or conduct any business on
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Smooth flow at Socadrome
Chaguanas Carnival celebrations kicked off
on Carnival Tuesday shortly after 1 pm with
Reckless Sailors being the first band to cross
The masqueraders looked more like a J Ouvert
band and the band s leader had to be cautioned
about his use of coarse language to describe
characters in the band.
Orlando Nagessar, the Carnival Committe
chairman, said "2014 has been good so far, large
crowds, plenty mas. This is a fantastic year for
Chaguanas Carnival. There have been changes
in the route. Ramsaran Street was successful for
J Ouvert, I think this venue is here to stay.
The Junior Carnival, parade of bands, J Ouvert,
steelpan and queen show was a success.
Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan said he
was impressed with the efforts of the Carnival
Committee and the role the committe played in
getting young people involved.
Fantastic year for
Masqueraders from the band Reckless Sailors
were the first to cross the stage on Carnival
Tuesday during the parade of the bands in
PHOTO VINDRA GOAPUL-BOODAN
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