Scorn is often heaped on traditionalists for resisting change. However, what we saw on Carnival Sunday night was not constructive change but dysfunctional change.
The uniqueness of the decades-old Dimanche Gras show is the unequivocal expectations elicited from patrons and TV viewers relating to the crowning of the Calypso Monarch and the King and Queen who will reign over the festival.
What we saw on Sunday night was a packaged show which could be shown at any time during the year and evoke the same big yawn. The NCC got it all wrong.
The eat-ah-food syndrome has decimated one of the best Carnival traditions as we know it.
Next year we shall see more all-inclusive fetes on Carnival Sunday night.