I am an aged retiree who lives in the United States. Every year I return home for the Carnival celebrations to enjoy the cultural activities that are on display during this period. This year was no different. I attended some of the pre-Carnival shows, including the Junior Calypso competition, and waited anxiously for the Parade of the Bands on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, which I usually view at the South Quay venue in Port of Spain.
“Disappointing” is the only word I can use to describe the extent of the Downtown parade, which comprised exactly two bands.
I sat at that venue in South Quay from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and waited for the other bands, but none came. This is a far cry from what occurred in the years gone by. I think I would be well within my rights to ask for a refund of the entrance fee, which I paid to access seating accommodation.
Certainly, the arrangements for the Parade of the Bands at the various venues must have gone awry. A re-visiting of these plans is of the utmost importance if a repeat of this fiasco is to be avoided. God willing, I will return next year, hoping for a better showing from the organisers.