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Friday, 24 January 2014

Couva Carnival begins tomorrow

Carnival celebrations in Couva begin tomorrow (January 25) with auditions for both Senior and Junior Monarch competitions at the Balmain Community Centre, Balmain, Couva, starting at 10 am.

Defending senior monarch, Helon Fancis, has signalled his intention to retain his crown for the 2014 season. Among his main rivals are expected to be former monarchs, Rondell Donawa and Victoria Cooper. Defending junior monarch, N’Janela Regis, will face stiff competition from former monarchs, Aaron Duncan and Jeromy Rodriguez.

Screening for the Miss Central Trinidad Queen Pageant takes place on Sunday (January 26), also at the Balmain Community Centre, from 10 am.

A new feature of the 2014 celebrations will be the official launch of the festivities, on Wednesday, February 26, with a joint Pan/Chutney Explosion, which heralds the start of a week of Carnival events.

“For 2014, we have decided to include our national instrument, the pan, in the official launch of Couva Carnival. Pan is one of the mainstays of our national carnival and we felt it should be given its rightful place in the celebrations. We are negotiating with bands in the central region to give our pan lovers and carnival patrons this special treat,” explained Ramchand Rajbal Maraj, long-serving chairman of the Couva Carnival Committee.

He appealed to bandleader, calypsonians, revelers and the general public to ensure that Couva carnival remains “clean” during the duration of the celebrations. “We have planned a packed programme of activities to entice everyone and we expect that the carnival would be free of untoward incidents. Couva carnival is growing by leaps and bounds and we invite everyone to come to our shows to get a true taste of regional carnival,” Rajbal Maraj added.

The CCC chairman appealed to corporate sponsors in the central region to “come aboard” and support the activities since Couva Carnival has become a major brand during the carnival season. “Support from the corporate entities and other businesses will enable us to offer enhanced prize money to the people who are the main actors in the carnival, the masqueraders, calypsonians, etc,” Rajbal Maraj pointed out.

Couva Carnival programme of events:

Saturday January 25: Auditions for Senior and Junior Calypso Monarch competitions, 10 am

Sunday January 26: Screening for Miss Central Trinidad Queen Pageant, 10 am

Friday February 21: Photo Opportunity/Sponsorship Selection

for Miss Central Trinidad Queen Pageant, 6 pm

Saturday February 22: Motorcade featuring Miss Central Trinidad Pageant contestants, 10 am

Wednesday February 26: Official launch, Pan/Chutney Explosion, 7 pm

Thursday February 27: TUCO South/Central Calypso Tent, 7 pm

Friday February 28: Senior and Junior Calypso Monarch Finals, 7 pm

Saturday March 1: Finals of the Miss Central Trinidad Queen Pageant, 7 pm

Sunday March 2: Children’s Carnival, 1 pm

Monday March 3: J’ouvert Competition, 5 am; Monday Nite Mas and King and Queen of the Bands Competition, 7 pm

Tuesday March 4: Parade of the Bands, 1 pm


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