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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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Incredible Hulk makes an appearance as Warner’s ILP presents local govt candidates
The Independent Liberal Party (ILP)’s “green brigade” rolled into Chaguanas last evening, bringing with it election fever as Jack Warner’s party presented its local government election candidates. It looked as if general elections were in the air, as all the key ingredients—music trucks, tassa drummers, flag-waving supporters and a plethora of banners—combined at Endeavour Grounds, Chaguanas, last night. Even the green-hued Marvel comic character the Incredible Hulk found his way into the ILP campaign yesterday as his image featured predominantly on banners, which read, “We get angry like Hulk and gone green, Tunapuna Piarco.”
Traffic backed up on to the Uriah Butler Highway as candidates and their supporters converged on the open-air venue. The green-clad supporters cheered and wined as cross-over band Bmrz, led by Anil Bheem, kicked off the evening’s entertainment at 6.35 pm as they performed popular pop songs, including Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. A party atmosphere reigned as supporters jumped and danced. Before the entertainment began, ILP chairman Robin Montano emerged on the main stage holding hands with calypsonian De Fosto, who was dressed in green from his headband to his trousers. As they raised their hands skyward Montano made a cut-throat sign to the eager crowd, as De Fosto has been a regular performer on People’s Partnership platforms.
The 136 candidates made their way to the venue at intervals, some led by tassa drumers, others by DJ trucks. They arrived onstage waving ILP and national flags as the entertainment continued on a smaller stage to the left of the main stage. Green moko jumbies walked through the crowd, as a helicopter circled above. A supporter was seen walking through the spectators with green cane stalks on his back, which is one of the symbols on the ILP logo. The dome-shaped stage was kept in darkness as the entertainment hyped the crowd. Banners bearing the names of the candidates were mounted on the steel barriers cordoning off the stage. At 7.03 pm, Warner emerged from a green Hummer, with green lights, surrounded by a thick security bubble as he made his way to the stage. When he walked onto the mainstage the lights were turned on and green confetti exploded into the air. He was greeted with thunderous applause from supporters.
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