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South Quay a hit with bands

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Downtown Carnival Committee chairman Wendell Steven says they are satisfied with Carnival 2018.

“We have seen a greater participation from bands once again at our South Quay venue. Yesterday (Carnival Monday) was beyond expectation, where all the big bands, except one, crossed the stage. That one band was Harts,” Steven told the T&T Guardian at the South Quay judging point yesterday, where scores of band paraded before onlookers.

Steven credited the participation from mas bands down to South Quay being the “safest venue” for mas.

“There is a police post right opposite us at the RBC car park, so we have lots of security. Our city police have been doing a fantastic job led by Supt Glen Charles.”

Speaking about “hiccups,” he said several people had medical emergencies.

“There was one of the young moko jumbies falling of their stilts and we had a spectator suffering from dehydration. These are of course normal things, but our first responders were right there and they responded.”

During the day, mas bands crossed the stage smoothly with no major incidents.

Before lunch, Adrenaline City had crossed the stage with its presentation GEMS Emerald Emporium. It was followed by Massy Trinidad All Stars with their presentation Sailors Ashore in Mexico, with masqueraders dressed in sailor costumes and mini floats of ships backed by steelpan instruments. Escape mas band also crossed the stage right before noon with their presentation of Natives.

Other notable bands before the luncheon period included Wee International with their presentation of the Lost Underworld.

After lunch, Rogue, a collaboration between Tribe and events group Caesar’s Army, cross the stage.

Just Wee and Friends, who had the distinction of being one of the first bands to be launched for Carnival 2018, crossed around 2 pm.

Utopia Mas band also crossed the stage around mid afternoon with their folklore-themed masqueraders.

Musically, soca giants Machel Montano and Super Blue seemed to have stolen the show with most bands as their song Soca Kingdom was the most popular choice, followed by Iwer George’s Savannah.


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