Trinidad and Tobago: The official launch of Carnival dubbed “the Mother of All Carnivals” hosted by the team of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) devoted significant time and resources into making this event a must-see gala for the entire family, according to the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago.
The NCC took this event to its core beginnings by performing the rituals of Carnival and giving a sneak peek into how Carnival originated, on “the Drag ” area of the Queen’s Park Savannah. This was followed by a mini Traditional Mas parade that ended in the Grand Stand Queen’s Park Savannah into the space known as the Mecca of All Carnivals.
After this year’s “Taste of Carnival” that we endeavoured as a nation, this themed launch hopes to see the return of traditional concepts and elements of Carnival. There is the return of the North Stand, Panorama, Junior and Senior Parade of Bands, Calypso Semi-finals (Skinner Park), Traditional Mas Parade both on the Carnival Friday and Monday.
Another innovation for 2023 is the “NCC Carnival Heroes” awardee segment which recognized individuals who contributed yeomen service to the Carnival, culture and the arts. Some of the awardees were Roy Augustus, Lionel Jagessar Snr., Elwin “Daddy Scratch” Edwards, Winston Gordon, Kenneth Da Silva and others.
The excitement, however, started at 4 p.m. and had a free “Carnivalistic” experience for all patrons. This event transported patrons through the evolution of Carnival from what it meant – that is the freedom of the slaves to the modern festival that is now of economic and historical significance.
The NCC with the support of the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Arts, in addition to its internal and external stakeholders alongside some of its major sponsors namely Blue Waters, Digicel and others, not forgetting its human resources – the Staff worked tirelessly to create an evening of history, entertainment, food, appreciation and revelry in recognition of the number one Carnival industry in the world.