As Steelpan Month continues to entertain, educate and celebrate, the much anticipated 21st event for the month, Pan and Powder—the first in-person pan street parade since 2019, owing to the restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19—got on the way on August 24 within the vicinity of the city of Port of Spain combing Knox, Pembroke and upper Frederick Streets, and at the paved area of the Queen’s Park Savannah, from 6.30 – 10.30pm, respectively, with the participatory code, “Wear something white and bring powder.”
Events committee member Nicholas Darbreau officially opened the event after performances by bands fixed at City Hall, Knox Street, that ended with the reigning National Panorama champion, Desperadoes.
President of Pan Trinbago Beverly Ramsey-Moore kept to the committee’s white theme, donned broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved I Love Pan jersey, slim jeans and track shoes, and of course, a large white plastic container of body powder. She brought welcome greetings.
Ramsey-Moore stated that this year’s Pan Month being a very special one so too, Pan and Powder, as the year marks the 30th anniversary of the declaration of pan as the National Instrument by then Prime Minister Patrick Manning, while the Mayor of the city of Port-of-Spain, Joel Martinez included in his remarks a reminder that his office declared Steelpan Day on August 11 of this year, 2022.
As the parade moved up Pembroke Street, Ramsey-Moore and her entourage that included members of her central executive committee and regional heads led the way.
Vice president Keith Simpson was close-by in his traditional fancy sailor costume that stood-up to other costumed participants including moko jumbies.
Trinidad All Stars lead-off with part of their delivery being a well-orchestrated recorded repertoire, followed by hot, scintillating, spirited and youthful Nutrient Silver Stars and an infectious Hadco Phase II, with all ending their musical entertainment at the last turn-off before the entrance to the main Grand Stand arena.
The musical baton was then handed over to the three fixed bands on site: FCB Supernovas, Couva Joylanders, and reigning large band hat-trick champs, bp Renegades, who closed off the event at 10.30 sharp, following an encore and a thunderous call for more from the pan-thirsty mob. Pan and powder did rain down on the massive crowds that filled streets, pavements and the savannah, driving the weathered rain away.
Steelpan Month ends on the August 31 with six other events to follow resuming from August 26th with Pan Trinbago’s North Region’s Let’s Celebrate Steelpan Month at 6pm and South/Central regional’s Pan Explosion at 7pm. On the 27, 1-5pm free admission: IDB Cheer Fair 2022 at Saith Park, Chaguanas; 28: Youth Gala & Award Ceremony, QPS; 31, 6-7pm: Newtown Playboys Independence Day Brunch, and 8pm: bp Renegades The Independence Night Fete titled Represent.