Pan Splash fails to attract
Monday, February 17 2014
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PAN FLOP: A lone lifeguard waits for patrons to utilise the inflatable pool installed by PanTrinbago at the Queen's Park Savannah for yesterday's Nati...
IT may have been an ambitious try by PanTrinbago to attract “younger” pan enthusiasts, but the pan body’s Pan Spash pool initiative failed to attract patrons of any age at the National Panorama Semi-Finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
Apart from a handful of persons who purchased the $700 ticket to splash in the 70 foot inflatable pool, there were mostly security guards and lifeguards in the enclosed area up to late yesterday.
Even the better organised, enclosed ‘Greens’ area seemed to not have attracted much of the pan party-goers.
Massive television screens and large speakers were strategically placed throughout the “Greens” to allow the pan party-goers to still take in the pan.
Instead, pan enthusiasts appeared to have chosen to enjoy the ‘Savannah party’ in the North Stand, which up to late last night appeared to be packed to capacity.
President Anthony Carmona and his entourage were also given their own section in the popular party stand.
The North Stand filled up first. Pan ‘posses’ could be differentiated by the colour of their t-shirts.
There was every colour imaginable from lime green to blue, white, pink and red.
Rhythm sections kept the crowd entertained between the performances of each competing steel orchestra and on some occasions appeared to have gotten carried away as they were hampering some steel bands.
In the Grand Stand the crowd was sedate, with patrons enjoying the music of the competing steelbands.
Vendors around the Queen’s Park Savannah said business picked up for them late in the day, and late into the evening some patrons were complaining of the long wait to get into the Savannah.