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Friday, April 13, 2007

Point Fortin Borough Day

I have been to this Southern celebration twice, just to have the experience, and what an experience it was! If you have never been to Point Fortin Borough Day it is like a mini Carnival in May. Do not expect anything as "pretty" as what we experience on Carnival Tuesday, it was all about jouvert bands, pan on the road and hordes of people liming and partying in the streets. The whole thing reminded me of a weekend long Panorama lime as people would pack up their baskets with food and cooler with drinks, set up shop on the streets and enjoy the festivities. Sorry to say those two experiences were quite enough for me; I am happy that I did it , I had fun but it's not an event I mark on my annual Calender.

For those of you who enjoy Point Fortin Borough Day, today's Trinidad Guardian features one of the jouvert bands for the weekend's parade which takes place on May 5th in Point Fortin:

Come Point Fortin Borough Day, May 5, the band Royalty will hit the streets of Point Fortin for the J’Ouvert competition with a presentation entitled Masquerade... Carnival in May.

The band features four sections designed to create a magnificent spectacle on the streets of Point Fortin in uniquely combined colours: fuchsia pink and white, green and yellow, baby blue and royal blue, orange and black. Female masqueraders can choose vests or T-shirts combined with poom poom shorts or cycle shorts in all sections except the fuchsia pink and white section which comes in bra top and poom poom shorts. Male masqueraders can choose to go bare chest in the fuchsia pink and white section or wear T-shirt with short pants or cycle shorts in the other sections.

The outfits range in prices from $250 - $300 for which masqueraders will enjoy free drinks, breakfast, bandanas and a pre-J’Ouvert party at the mas camp. There will also be hampers and other prizes to be won. Also for those who wish to make a bold statement you have the choice of having your body painted.

Royalty is the reigning Point Fortin Carnival Band of the Year champion having won on three consecutive occasions, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The band also won the Carnival band of the year title in La Brea and placed first in the original category at the San Fernando Carnival bands competition this year. They also won the Point Fortin Borough Day J’Ouvert competition in 2005 and placed second in 2006.

Registration is currently taking place at Royalty mas camp located at Ninth Street, Techier Village, Point Fortin. For further information on the band including registration you can call 748-2717 or 338-2675.
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SOURCE: Trinidad Guardian
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