There are at least two often mocked and reviled institutions that come to the fore each time Caribbean societies face the annual challenges of our geography.
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The National Carnival Commission’s Kings and Queens Junior preliminary competition went off without a hitch on Sunday at Adam Smith Square in Woodbrook. Woodbrook residents had raised strong objections to the event claiming excessive noise and congestion. The residents met with Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee last week Tuesday to complain. They are also planning to stage a protest against four large Carnival bands that plan to parade through several streets en route to the Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain, next Carnival Tuesday. The complex will be transformed into “the Socadrome,” the venue for the country’s newest Carnival Parade of the Bands showplace. In an interview at Kiddies’ Carnival on Sunday, National Carnival Bands Association president David Lopez refused to comment on the residents’ concerns.
Woodbrook resident, Janice Audain, said she came to allow her grandson to experience the Carnival celebrations. “I don’t mind it, once it comes to Carnival we need to accommodate but not to the extreme. It is our festival and if we don’t want it someone else will take it,” she said. June Rampersad, another spectator, said Carnival was part of our culture that needed support. “It is a park and where do they want it to happen? It is not night time, its a children’s and community event. I lived in Woodbrook years and loud noise will happen no matter where you are. I am enjoying it,” she said.
A total of 120 girls and 66 boys took part in the competition with a colourful and lively display of the bands. Colour my culture, D Mistique Garden, Africa, Africa, Wonders of the Ocean, the Serengeti, Under the Sea and Raise your standards were some of the bands that took part. They were judged in historical, creative tropical, fantasy, original and creative categories in various age groups. During the competition, one of the moko jumbies participating in the Queens individual competition fell while leaving the stage so to did one of the Kings as strong winds blew him off the stage. The judges later announced that this would not affect his score for the competition.