Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has issued an appeal for members of the public to exercise caution during the 2011 Carnival festivities and to make a special effort to ensure the safety of children.
"While I appreciate the spirit of freedom which engenders Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, I make a heartfelt appeal to all citizens to exercise due caution, safety and responsibility during the Carnival season," Persad-Bissessar said in a message to the nation yesterday.
"Whether you opt to participate in the Carnival fetes and shows, competitions, Parade of Bands, or join family and friends in beach or river 'lime', I encourage you to take responsibility for your own life even as you act as your brother's and sister's keeper," she advised.
"Obey the laws of the land, respect the law-enforcement agents and please practise vigilance at all times," the Prime Minister added.
Government, she assured, has taken appropriate measures to safeguard all citizens and visitors during the Carnival celebrations.
She added that even though Government has done its part, "I urge all citizens, and indeed all visitors, to ensure that you do your part to ensure you and your near and dear ones are safe.
"I am appealing to everyone to please make an extra-special effort to take care of our children and ensure that they are protected from harm."
She added, "Let us take every precaution to prevent the Carnival season from being marred by the death or harming of our children, and indeed, the death or harming of any citizen or visitor in this land."
Persad-Bissessar said Carnival is not an excuse for recklessness, promiscuity or disregard for the law.
"I urge you to let maturity, discipline and good sense temper your celebrations. Let us work together to make Carnival 2011 the greatest, safest show ever produced on our shores and enjoyed by the world," Persad-Bissessar said.
"My friends, jump up, dance and enjoy your Carnival but please exercise tolerance, decency and moderation. Let us truly show the world why Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is indeed the greatest show on the world stage. Let us all unite once more to make our country proud."