Monday, January 22, 2018

Pan through Ariapita tomorrow


SHOWING APPRECIATION: Pan Elders Steelband in action for Emancipation Celebrations. —Photo: GARY CARDINEZ

Mark Fraser

The reigning National Panorama Champions are included in the over thirty steelbands that will participate in “Pan on D Avenue 3” tomorrow from 6.30 p.m. Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook will come alive with lively steelpan music as the now annual event comes off in celebration of the 100 years of the City of Port of Spain and the 52nd anniversary of the nation’s  Independence. 

The steelband street parade will also feature traditional mas characters such as moko jumbies, baby doll, dame loraine, jab jab, blue devils and more.

An added attraction this year will be Zumba and Aerobics Routines done to the sound of pan music.

There will be five stations accommodating stand-still performances where the public can join in the fun. The event is being produced by the Woodbrook Community Association  in collaboration with the Ministry of Health for their “fight the fat” campaign and they have assured the association of continued relationship and looking forward to working with them again in the future.

Panorama winners Petrotrin Phase 11 Pan Groove, Super Nova Steel Orchestra, Pan Elders, Pan Jammers and San Juan East Side Symphony will be joined by Carib Dixieland from the sister isle of Tobago as well as Massy Trinidad All Stars, bp Renegades, PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars, NGC Couva Joylanders, Witco Desperadoes, Cal Invaders, Republic Bank Exodus, Courts Sound Specialist of Laventille, White Oak Starlift, Valley Harps,  Tamana Pioneers, Carib Woodbrook Playboyz, St James Tripolians, Scrunters Pan Groove, Arima Golden Symphony, Arima Angel Harps, Old Tech, Musical Gems and more.

The parade will start at Taylor Street in the west and bands will parade eastward along the avenue stopping at Adam Smith Square to play a song of their choice, they will then proceed to French Street where they will stop again and play another song before ending the parade route.

There will be no traffic along Ariapita Avenue from 5.00 p.m as well as no vending on the pavement of the avenue.  Residents are asked to come out with their chairs and coolers to view the pan parade.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar was one of the first people to support Pan on D Avenue and the association is honoured to have her support. Other sponsors include The Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, The Ministry of Community Development, National Gas Company, First Citizen Bank, Simon’s Musical Supplies, Petrotrin, Carib, Nestle, Sagicor, Pan Trinbago, NCC and TSTT.

While promises were made by some of these sponsors the organisers are still awaiting their contributions.