The Fantasy is over.
Fantasy Carnival will not produce a band for next year's Carnival, the band announced on Thursday.
In a statement titled, "Farewell to the Road", Fantasy thanked masqueraders for their support over the last eight years.
"For the last 8 years Fantasy Carnival has become a household name in Mas in Trinidad and Tobago," the statement said.
It added: "After much consideration, the management of the band has decided to shift their focus to other projects, as such, we're saying Farewell to the Road!"
Some 174 years ago when the Fatel Razack brought 227 indentured labourers from India to Trinidad, they brought with them their culture in the form of food, fashion, religion and music.
They also brought along their superstitions and folklore, things that writer of Sugar Cane Valley Vashti Bowlah thinks are not highlighted enough.
That is the reason she decided to write a book dedicated to East Indian folklore and superstition.
“If you don’t know where you came from how will you know where you’re going?” Bowlah asked.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says it is imperative that we rekindle the courage of our forefathers to build a better, stronger Trinidad and Tobago.
Persad-Bissessar's remark formed part of her 2019 Indian Arrival Day message:
"I join the national community in offering Indian Arrival Day greetings to the citizens of our nation. This significant event which changed the course of our history has also added to our beautiful diverse culture and enriched our unique heritage.
The 10 finalists for the Miss T&T World Pageant have been selected.
The candidates were chosen at a national screening held on May 5th, and will now go forward to compete in the final on June 8th.
The organisers say the candidates will now embark on an intense training and development programme starting from today.
They will make their first public appearances in a ceremony where they will be sashed according to the communities they represent, at O2 N' Style Me Caribbean next Saturday at O2 Park.
Sounds of praise went up on Sunday from the final venue which hosted the grand finale of the 2019 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival.
Shangri-La Estate in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, was the home to Christians and non-Christians alike who came out to support and enjoy the final show of the six-day festival which began last Tuesday.
From far, some of the elderly came with their walkers, while families brought picnic blankets and chairs to make their time spent "in the house of God" a comfortable one.
In her clear, crisp voice, five-time Grammy-award winner Dianne Reeves managed to get all the way to the end of her tribute song to her mother, titled “I Remember,” before she briefly broke down at Jazz at the Lincoln Center, The Ramp, Rodney Bay, at the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. Before presenting the offering on Friday night, she told the audience the day marked the anniversary of her mother’s transition–a woman who in many ways, she said, was the pillar that held her up.