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Sando pays debts

Thursday, February 20 2014

Despite the money woes which caused preparations for 2014 San Fernando Carnival “to start on a bad leg,” Deputy Mayor Junia Regrello is confident burgesses and visitors to the southern city are in for a treat since $680,000 in debts to bandleaders have been settled.

Before any plans for Carnival were drawn up, Regrello said the committee had to clear the deficit by taking “ a first draw down” on $1.3 million allotted to them. “That was done on December 23 and only then we started negotiating and began putting things in place for Carnival 2014,” he said.

Regrello said National Carnival Bands Association officials refused to negotiate until all their money matters were sorted out. In 2013, San Fernando received a subvention of $2.1 million more than what they got this year.

“Sorting out the finances caused us to start late however we met with stakeholders and despite the challenges everyone decided to work together to make Sando Carnival better,” he said. The theme for this year’s celebrations is “The Rhythm of Sando”

Tickets are on sale for the city’s major event, the Pre Dimanche Gras ,” which comes off next Wednesday at Skinner Park, San Fernando. To enhance the production, a new feature, a San Fernando Soca Monarch, has been added to the show which will see the crowning of a San Fernando King and Queen of the Bands, Calypso Monarch and an Extempo champion.

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