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Tight security as kiddies play mas in South
The number of masqueraders were low but police presence was high yesterday as scores of children took to the streets to celebrate Kiddies Carnival in San Fernando.
In an unprecedented move, amidst reports of a terrorist plot to disrupt Carnival, a police officer was stationed in every band.
In the larger bands such as House of Jacqui’s Dancing with the Young Stars, there were four police officers moving with the kids as they trekked through Circular Road, Coffee Street, Cipero Street and then to Skinner Park.
Throughout the parade, police kept patrols at all exit and entry points of the city, stopping motorists and questioning anyone who looked suspicious. Plain clothes police officers were also milling around.
Jacqui Koon How, the owner of House of Jacqui said there was about ten percent less participation in her band this year but she attributed this, not to the terrorist threat, but to the downturn in the economy0my.
MP for La Brea Nicole Olivierre who participated in the St Brigids Girls’ RC School’s band titled Mama Look a Boo Boo Dey along with her two children Shomari and Shayera Olivierre, said she was satisfied with the level of security.
“We have a police escort and there are adequate police patrols along the route. I am satisfied that they are doing their best to ensure that we are safe,” Olivierre said.
She admitted that there was a slight reduction in numbers of masqueraders but said the creativity shown this year was exceptional.
“We have people coming out in innovative costumes and everything has been beautiful,” she added.
The parade started late and it was well after midday that the first band Dancing with the Young Stars reached Skinner Park. This was followed by the three section Carivog Kids which paid tribute to icons such as Peter Minshall and Lionel Jagessar. Irma and Friends then presented their masqueraders in the band Alladin and the Magic Lamp. Holding up plywood lamps decorated with paint and shining dust, it was evident that cheaper materials were used to produce costumes this year.
The Nations People presentation of Dancing Back Strong featured Indian mas costumes resplendent with features of red, yellow and white while Fyzabad Apex stars produced the Rainbow Medley which featured several sections showcasing the splendour of T&T.
Eckels Village AC School’s Sweet T&T presentation was well received by spectators.
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