Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Looks like Super

Reporting from Adam Smith Square...

The 'bouncing' started with the first band that crossed the Adam Smith Square judging point and as the day progressed, co-Soca Monarch winner SuperBlue's monster hit 'Fantastic Friday' could be heard echoing from truck to truck.

Just after 11 a.m. yesterday morning, more than two hours later than scheduled, the first band, D Harvard Revellers crossed the Woodbrook judging point.

Despite the late start, the first five bands including Rosalind Gabriel's children's mas band Lost in Paradise paraded to less than ten people spread across two spectator stands.

The crowd grew slightly by the time six-time Band of the Year winner Brian MacFarlane crossed just after midday with his all white band. Masqueraders and other onlookers lined the pavement to see MacFarlane's last Carnival band Joy the Finale cross the first judging point.

National Carnival Commission (NCC) security detail, who requested anonymity blamed poor planning and management for the poor spectator showing.

"Look around, look where they put this stand," he said, motioning to the second stand on the right of the judging stand.

"The insist we put the police post between the two stands, but people cannot see anything and we have no police here, so what's the point," he said. He said there were no signs, so media, security and spectators were not sure where they were supposed to be stationed.

The small turnout did not seem to affect the revelry and sheer abandon of the masqueraders. Judges said they expected to see 25 mini bands, 14 small bands, 12 medium bands and 16 large bands parade across the street during the course of the day and despite the late start and short gaps between bands, the show flowed smoothly past the mostly empty stands on Adam Smith Square.

With an unofficial count towards the end of the evening, SuperBlue dominated the Woodbrook judging point, with Machel Montano's Float following in the wake.

Blaxx's "Leh Go" was also played several times higher up the avenue as the larger bands got their masqueraders into position and sections, but once again, as soon as the music trucks neared the judging station, water and powder was the order of the day.

"I wouldn't want to preempt anything, but you can hear for yourself, people chanting 'Super' even if the song not playing. We obviously cannot tell what's being played at the other points, but if here is any indication, seems Super may take it," one judge said.