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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Savannah question is answered, mas on the streets!

The answer to the million dollar question is that Carnival 2007 will be taken to the streets as reported by Cordielle Street for the Trinidad Guardian:

Mas belongs on the road - Hart

No Carnival events at Savannah


BY CORDIELLE STREET

There will be no staging of Carnival events in the Queen’s Park Savannah (QPS) for 2007—that is, if the words of the Minister of State in the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs Eddie Hart hold true.

He made the announcement at the launch of the Valencia Regional Carnival celebrations on Saturday.

In a phone interview yesterday, Hart reiterated the point that QPS is now off-limits for Carnival.

“Have no fear. We are going to have a bumper Carnival 2007 despite the fact that we are not going back to the Savannah,” he said.

Hart’s announcement followed the silence of Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs Joan Yuille-Williams on the issue.

Yuille-Williams recently received proposals by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) and other interest groups concerning alternative venues for the various events that were traditionally held in the QPS.

Yet, most of the proposals requested that the Government stay its hand and allow Carnival one more year in the QPS before demolishing the facility and forging ahead with plans to construct a $400 million Carnival Culture Centre on the existing Grand Stand facility.

“Mas always belongs on the road,” said Hart, who described the QPS as a “bottleneck.”

The idea of a Parade of Bands flowing through the streets of Port-of-Spain was recently supported by the National Carnival Bands’ Association.

Pan Trinbago President Patrick Arnold said his organisation proposed hosting Panorama on the paved section of the QPS obliquely opposite Victoria Avenue.

Hart, however, dismissed that claim. He said Pan Trinbago’s proposal currently before Yuille-Williams was for the staging of Panorama in Skinner Park, San Fernando.

“We moved Best Village to the Jean Pierre Complex and it was a resounding success. So don’t worry about events like Dimanche Gras. It is not a problem,” assured Hart.

Meanwhile, facilities at the Grand Stand remained standing as construction was yet to begin on the site.

©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited

Masquerade Band Launch


Both Carnivalscene.com and Trinicrew.com have photos of Masquerade's band launching which took place at the Anchorage on Saturday. Masquerade's 2007 Carnival presentation is called "Golden Heritage...A Tribute to Mas". The website has not been updated as yet, but you can check out the pics at the aforementioned photosites.
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