Sunday, February 25, 2018

No permit for power supply

Police try to wreck Carnival truck...


POWER STRUGGLE: Police attempt to tow away a truck that was supplying electricity at the judging point on High Street, San Fernando yesterday. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

Mark Fraser

THE ATTEMPT to tow a truck supplying electricity to the judge’s tent during the parade of bands competition along High Street, San Fernando caused a break in the flow of mas yesterday.

The truck, the Express was told, was without the relevant police pass needed to be along High Street.

The incident, which caused a 20-minute delay, unfolded around noon, after Kalicharan’s band Beats crossed the judging point.

The band was preceded by San Fernando Queen and King of Carnival—Gloria Dallsingh and her son Marlon Rampersad—and Laura Rampersad’s costume “African Drum Dancer”.

Small band House of Grey Eagle was then allowed to perform “A Woodland Ceremony”, before the police wrecker pulled up behind the truck.

Member of the San Fernando Carnival Committee Walid Baksh spoke from a microphone connected to a music truck and explained to spectators: “The police wrecker is wrecking our supply of electricity so we have to resort to using the music truck.”

He described House of Grey’s presentation from audio provided by the music truck.

Authentic Indian band, The Nation’s People, had their portrayal put on hold while the wrecker made two attempts to remove the parked white truck.

This did not sit well with some of the band members as one person begged to cross the judging point.

Speaking on a microphone, the man said: “This is real madness. Kalicharan pass but the Nation’s People can’t pass.”

Snr Supt of the Southern Police Division Cecil Santana arrived and Baksh was seen speaking with him before the wrecker left without the truck and generator.

Baksh told the Express that through their discussion, the situation was sorted out.

“Snr Supt Santana gave permisson for our truck to remain. We have permission to supply electricity because of the high voltage that is required,” he said.

The competition, which was expected to begin at 9 a.m., had the first band crossing the High Street judging point at 10.31 a.m.

But spectators were treated to a steady flow from all categories of bands.

Medium band Southern Mas Associates’ presentation of A Native Shindig saw the portrayal of six sections.

Band manager Randy Ramkissoon explained that the band’s theme was celebration. He said that while the native Americans use drumming as part of their celebrations, the band replaced drumming with soca music.

Other medium bands included House of Grey Eagle, The Nation’s People and Cheyenne Sundance Ceremony from Gregory Nurse and Associates

Small band Jambull Cultural Production’s presentation of the Jambull Dance was accompanied by a rhythm band; tassa-led Roger Mohammed Productions’ Tribal Fantasy; and the four sections of East, West, North and South from Jenning Mas and Associates were also displayed.

A total of 19 bands were expected to pass the judging point.

Two other judging areas were located on Coffee Street, San Fernando and at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), South.

Over the two days, two music trucks from Kalicharan were ordered off the route after they were without the relevant passes and one band had to be redirected onto the route after it strayed, the Express was told.