Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: The Carnival Institute and Regional Carnival (CIRC), which is also regarded as the Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, has extended its deepest grief and sorrow on the passing of Patrick Arnold, former Chairman of the National Carnival Commission.
CIRC took its social media to extend condolence. It expressed, “We wish to extend condolences to the family, friends, as well as colleagues of a son of Tobago’s soil, Patrick Arnold, who passed away on Wednesday, April 10th, 2023, at the age of 84.”
The Carnival Institute further lauded Arnold for his service towards his home country and also informed the general public about his deeds for the upliftment of Trinidad and Tobago.
While counting his work, CIRC noted, “Arnold served as the Chairman of the National Carnival Commission for five years. His vision for the NCC was that efforts must be made to properly establish carnival as a viable industry. He was also the former President of Pan Trinbago, serving from 1996 to 2009. In addition, he was a government senator during the 2nd Republican Parliament.”
“Arnold attended St Mary’s College in Trinidad, and at age 12, he was playing pan at hotels and other venues in Tobago. In 1955 he founded the steelband orchestra known as Our Boys, one of the most travelled steel bands making trips to the US, Mexico, Africa, and South East Asia. Arnold was also a pan-tuner for Casablanca, Symphony Stars, Invaders, and several other steelband groups,” it added.
The Carnival Institute of Trinidad and Tobago continued that he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, where he directed the Canada Steeltones Orchestra. Arnold has had a lengthy and distinguished career, and he received The Chaconia Medal Gold in the Sphere of Music in 2011.
In conclusion, it extended thanks and mentioned that “CIRC thanks Patrick Arnold for his significant contribution to the organization and culture.”