National Carnival Commission (NCC) has agreed to a proposal for an extension of the parade of the bands route for four large mas bands on Carnival Tuesday, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In a release last night, the NCC stated that on January 30, 2014, a proposal was made to establish an extension of the parade of the bands route to allow bands to better plan their movements to allow a better mas experience.

This proposal was submitted by bands Harts, Tribe, Yuma, and Bliss.

The NCC stated the bands involved agreed to set their start points in the St Clair area, Stanmore Ave to the east being the furthest point.

They will proceed west along Queens Park West and St Clair Avenue to Damien Street. Proceed south on Damien St to Bellesmythe St (or Taylor St) South on Bellesmythe St (or Taylor St) to Maraval Parkway, moving South on Maraval Parkway to enter the National Stadium compound through the Castro (west) gate; around the outside of the stadium to the Jean-Pierre complex West Court; across a stage installed in the Jean Pierre Complex, out through the West Court and exit the National Stadium compound through the east gate, moving north on Hamilton Holder/OConnor St back to Ariapita Ave.

In approving the proposal, the noted that while participation in Carnival in Port of Spain has grown over the years, the parade route has remained the same, thus causing needless delays and bottlenecks .

We are committed to providing Trinidad and Tobago with tangible transformation to the Carnival product. This route extension allows us to make a small change to the traditional route, which we hope will allow us to see how best to apply systematic changes to the route towards making the Carnival experience a better one, stated NCC chairman Allison Demas.

While we acknowledge that we must be careful that the route extension does not bring an elitist division in Carnival, the NCC is guided by professional engineers who see a deeper merit to this route extension, it is expected to alleviate congestion, reducing the masquerader count at the Savannah by approximately 15,000 persons, she added.

NCC facts about route extension

1) The route extension will allow increased masquerader and spectator comfort, and reduce crowd control and management issues.

2) Engineers have advised that by removing four of the largest bands from the queue to enter the Savannah stage, this would reduce congestion by 30 per cent on the route, this means less congestion on the route particularly at bottleneck points leading to the Queens Park Savannah.

3) Harts will cross the QPS stage early on Carnival Tuesday as is their tradition, and will then proceed to the Jean Pierre Complex.

4) The route extension will be valid only on Carnival Tuesday from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. The route extension is not valid on Carnival Monday.

5) The Minister of National Security Gary Griffith in discussion with members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service has indicated that provisions will be made to increase the complement of protective personnel with members of the Defence Force, to ensure the safety and security of masqueraders, spectators and residents of the Carnival city and its environs.

6) SPORTT has been privately engaged by the coalition of bands to secure permission to utilise the Jean Pierre Complex and the attendant facilities.

7) The costs associated with this venue will be borne by these bands. Neither the State, the NCC nor the NCBA will have any costs attached to this route extension.

8) The competition parade route remains the same and the free flow of bands to the savannah stage is expected to be increased but bottlenecks may be inevitable.

9) The National Operating Centre at Knowsley Building is moving ahead with plans to equip Carnival bands with GPS locaters so that information on their location can be used in crowd and traffic control.


AN 89-year-old woman was found dead in Tunapuna yesterday morning after a fire at her home.

The deceased has been identified as Zubida Mohammed of Prescott Lane in Tunapuna.

Residents of the area told the Express that around 8.45 a.m. they heard a loud explosion, and then observed flames coming from one of the rooms of the bottom floor of the two-storey home.

Families in Caroni, Valsayn, El Carmen, Las Lomas, and parts of St Helena had to be evacuated yesterday as a result of rising floodwaters.

The Caroni river burst its banks at several points, spilling into the surrounding communities, with water rising as high as three feet in some places.

Even after the rains stopped at about mid-morning, hopes of relief were dashed as, despite the reprieve, the water levels kept rising leaving citizens scrambling to secure their belongings and put appliances on heights.

A 62-year-old man was killed in a road traffic accident in St James on Saturday.

The deceased has been identified as Carl Gill from Providence Estate, Upper Bournes Road, St James.

The Express was told that around 5 a.m. on Saturday, Gill was a passenger in a white Nissan Tiida Hatchback driven by a 39-year-old man from Morvant, which was proceeding west along the Western Main Road in Cocorite.

The driver stopped his vehicle to pick up a passenger in the vicinity of the Cocorite walkover when the Tiida was hit by a blue hatchback, driven by a 26-year-old man from Woodbrook.

SCORES OF families were evacuated from their homes in affected areas throughout Trinidad yesterday where boats were were the only means of getting out of flooded roads.

In Valsayn South and Spring Village as well as Madras Road, Santa Monica Road, Carli Bay Road, Couva and other areas, dinghies and rescue craft were utilised to evacuate dozens of people.

There were tears as many counted their losses and fears that the high water did not seem to be receding.

“Rastaman don’t apologise to no…”

That line from Jamaican reggae act Sizzla Kalonji (Miguel Collins) sent the massive crowd into an uproar at the “Kings of the Earth” concert, held on Saturday night, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.

Sizzla didn’t finish the lyrics to his controversial 2005 release “Nah Apologize”, the recording of which identifies “batty-boy” (homosexuals) as the group he refuses an apology.

Recommended for you