While the young and young at heart revelled in the paint, powder and water during J’Ouvert festivities in San Fernando, there wasn’t much for the older spectators who came out hoping to see traditional mas.
There was only defending champions Blue Boy who offered some political and social satirical portrayals for the judges and spectators at Harris Promenade on Carnival Monday, prompting concerns that the artform may be dying.
J’ouvert band leaders have rejected a proposal by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) and Port-of-Spain City Corporation for the introduction of a fine for errant masquerades who deface and damage properties during Monday mas.
And according to Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, the band leaders also rejected the payment of an up-front clean-up tax.
But five other recommendations received a favorable response.