Venezuelans living in Arima and environs seemed to take over the jouvert celebrations in the borough yesterday.
A couple hundred Venezuelan residents were sprinkled among the people parading along Hollis Avenue, Pro Queen Street and other roadways around the community.
The jouvert celebrations began at around 5.30 a.m. and continued to well after 11 a.m. as the masqueraders, some covered in mud or paint, paraded around the heart of the borough several times, accompanied by small music trucks.
There were a couple short showers in the course of the morning.
The most popular songs during jouvert were Mr Killa’s (Hollice Mapp), “Run Wid It,” “Rag Storm” by SuperBlue (Austin Lyons), “Savannah Grass” by Kes the Band and “Famalay” by Skinny Fabulous (Gamal Doyle), Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin (Ian Alvarez). “Run Wid It,” however, seemed to have been played the most times.
The jouvert this year in Arima was not well attended, as only several hundred people were on the streets compared to thousands in previous years. This may have been because some Arima residents chose to attend the celebrations in the village of Brazil, while others went up to the village of Aripo, where jouvert celebrations were held this year for the first time.
A check with police in Arima indicated no serious incidents taking place in Arima, except for a few fights fuelled by over-consumption of alcohol.
There was one report of an incident at Brazil just before the festivities began in which a man was stabbed several times and suffered a punctured lung. He was warded in the intensive care unit at the Mt Hope Hospital.