Mas, soca and pan were in no short supply as Southerners came out in their numbers for the annual Carnival Tuesday parade of the bands. From as early as 11 am, mas lovers lined the streets of San Fernando, eager to see their favourite bands strut for the judges. The first band to cross the High Street judging point, around 11.30 am, was Ivan Kallicharan's Outta D Rainforest, whose choreographed dance routines were well received by the crowd.
RIGHT: Women in Ivan Kallicharan's Outta D Rainforest enjoy each other's company.
The band, which copped the south Band of the Year title last year, and this year's south King of Carnival, showed that it was out to retain its title as its members delivered an energy-high performance. The next band to face the judges was Nation People with its presentation, Council of the Chief. Also in the line-up were Fireworks and Trini Fever Crew with the theme, Mojave Magic, and We People International's A Mural by the Sea.
Bringing a difference to the mas, A Mural by the Sea, complete with moko jumbies, depicted nightlife at King's Wharf in the 1950s. Other bands on the road included Lionel Jagessar and Associates' Sioux Nation, which featured the 2010 Queen of Carnival Rosemarie Kuru-Jagessar, portraying Waka-Nisha, The Sacred Water Bearer.
Also making strong showings were the masqueraders from the Owen C Hinds' mas camp and Friends of Atherly's by the Park, with Pow Wow. JW and Blaze's Palance showed it was well on its way to becoming this year's Road March, as it was the tune of choice of almost every competing band. Showcasing its talent on the national instrument, Trinidad Valley Harps was just one of many steel orchestras to take to the streets with sweet pan sounds.