Sando masmen happy with 2020 parade route

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 17:15

With Car­ni­val less than a month away a route has fi­nal­ly been agreed up­on for the Pa­rade of Bands in San Fer­nan­do, but it still has to be ap­proved by the po­lice.

Band lead­ers met with San Fer­nan­do may­or Ju­nia Re­grel­lo on Mon­day evening at the Skif­fle Bunch pa­n­yard where they agreed on the new route which in­cludes a change in the judg­ing point.

The po­lice is in charge of se­cu­ri­ty and traf­fic man­age­ment in the south­ern city so the route must get their ap­proval.

Checks with se­nior of­fi­cers at the Po­lice Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in San Fer­nan­do re­vealed that the route pro­pos­al has not yet been for­ward­ed to them for their ap­proval.

Last year Kalicha­ran Car­ni­val, which cap­tured south Band of the Year ti­tle more than 20 times, re­fused to cross last year’s judg­ing point at Har­ris Prom­e­nade be­cause of its prox­im­i­ty to the San Fer­nan­do Gen­er­al Hos­pi­tal.

The bands were in­struct­ed to turn down the vol­ume as their mu­sic trucks passed close to the hos­pi­tal so that pa­tients would not be dis­turbed.

This year, the bands will not be pass­ing along Har­ris Prom­e­nade.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed route, the bands will pass the judg­ing point on High Street, pro­ceed along Cof­fee Street, turn on­to Cipero Street, the Rien­zi Kir­ton High­way and then In­de­pen­dence Av­enue, San Fer­nan­do.

Li­onel Jages­sar Ju­nior, of Jages­sar Cos­tumes, is hop­ing that the po­lice ap­proves the route.

He said, “We met with the may­or and we gave our pro­pos­al. We are wait­ing to get a re­sponse from the po­lice.”

Aaron Kalicha­ran, of Kalicha­ran Car­ni­val, said they will be cross­ing the judg­ing point this year.

“We are very sat­is­fied. The judg­ing point is not on the prom­e­nade, it is on High Street,” he said

Usu­al­ly, he said, Cipero Street at­tracts the most spec­ta­tors. Wayne Hanooman, leader of San Fer­nan­do Band of the Year Fire­works Pro­mo­tion, was al­so sat­is­fied with the route.

He said the route does not both­er him and he will abide with any route agreed up­on.

At­tempts to reach the may­or and Coun­cil­lor Naigum Joseph, the con­venor of Car­ni­val, on their cell­phone for a com­ment were un­suc­cess­ful.