Fathers will be treated to a steelband fiesta on Sunday when the Port of Spain City Corporation continues its ongoing 100th anniversary celebrations.
The theme of the event is “The City of Pan—100 years stronger”. Among the highlights will be performances by artistes from Tobago and the RBC Redemption Soundsetters. The steelband extravaganza starts at 3 pm and culminates with a jamboree at Woodford Square, Port of Spain, at 8 pm.
To date, Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee has been spearheading the celebrations which includes 12 electoral districts. Opposition MPs Marlene McDonald is responsible for Port of Spain South and Patricia McIntosh is in charge of Port of Spain North/St Ann’s West.
Deputy Mayor Keron Valentine, said in a telephone interview on Wednesday: “Fathers will be in for a great treat. We have 26 top steelband orchestras parading through the streets of east Port of Spain starting on the Piccadilly Greens. Steelband started around the bridge. We will be hosting a contingent of about 60 people from Tobago. They will be portraying the traditional Tobago wedding, with the characters like the bride, groom, bridal party and fancy sailor. RBC Redemption Soundsetters will be accompanying the contingent.”
Valentine added: “We are asking our burgesses, constituents and the public at large to come out and enjoy an evening of entertainment and celebration of this great milestone achievement in the life of our capital city. The parade brings you to the city centre. We are hoping a number of fathers will come out to the event.”
Asked about the funding for the 100th anniversary, Valentine said: “We have written to the corporate sectors. It has been coming in slowly. We are working within a budget. But not as fast as we expected.” Tim Kee had complained about inadequate funding.
Meanwhile, Valentine said: “We had the Miss City of Port of Spain. We hosted 300 children at MovieTowne. We had the Junior Calypso Competition on Disaster Management. The celebration is moving apace. We are asking the public to support us.”
June 15- Father’s Day treat- Steelband Parade and Jamboree-
\Featuring Witco Desperadoes and Petrotrin Phase 11 accompanied by Denyse Plummer, BP Renegades accompanied by Leroy Calliste (Black Stalin)
Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars and Owen Reyes (Scrunter)
Ace pannist Dane Gulston and veteran calypsonian Winston Scarborough (De Fosto) will also perform. Tim Kee, Valentine and members of the city corporation will raise a toast to the city. It will be followed by a grand fireworks display.
June 14-Mayor’s Charity Ball-Hyatt Regency h otel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain Tickets: $1,000 available at City Hall (All proceeds go towards the City’s Charity Fund)
June 20- Military and Para-Military Parade - 10 am
Queen’s Park Savannah to Adam Smith Square followed by a cultural event from 3 pm to 9 pm
June 22-Interfaith Church Service, Holy Trinity Cathedral - 10 am
June 26-Civic Reception and Awards Ceremony, Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain- 7 pm. Focus on centenarians who live within the city throughout our 12 electoral districts
8 pm - Jamboree at Woodford Square