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Jubilation and revelry in downtown PoS

By COREY CONNELLY Tuesday, March 4 2014

Although the event got off to its usual late start, jubilation and revelry dominated yesterday’s Parade of the Bands in downtown Port-of-Spain.

By noon, several large bands, including Hart’s Of Love and War, Tribe’s TribeTEN, and Legacy’s Nature’s Touch, had paraded before the judges along South Quay before making their way west along Independence Square.

Shortly before 1 pm, popular band, Island People, with its presentation, Magic, Mystery and Marvel, also made an impression among judges and spectators alike. Among those leading the band were Liz Montano, mother of 2014 Power Soca champion, Machel Montano, and two of her grandchildren.

The frenzied mood of the masqueraders in Magic, Mystery and Marvel, though, was temporarily dampened when a fight broke out between two men in the band. They were quickly restrained and reprimanded by members of Island People’s security team.

Unlike previous years, band-leaders appeared to have paid more attention to the security and safety of their masqueraders.

All of the large bands and even a few of the medium bands had full security in place, allowing revellers to jump freely along the route without the encumbrances of stragglers.

As usual, masqueraders feted like there was no tomorrow, with some displaying only portions of their costumes while others wore T-shirts bearing the title of their band’s presentation. But while some bandleaders again opted for skimpy portrayals, some stuck to traditional themes and elaborate costumes.

Rosalind Gabriel’s Festival of Colours, was a crowd pleaser. Designed by Follette Eustace, the band featured several individuals, dressed in intricate, colourful costumes. One of its section’s highlighted the beauty to Tobago’s Buccoo Reef.

Machel Montano’s “Ministry of Road,” a strong Road March contender, appeared to be the popular choice among mas bands. It was played repeatedly by many deejays along the route.

Among the other bands parading before the judges by mid-afternoon were Mas Passion’s, Tabanca, Simply Cultural’s Minstrels, Harvard Revellers, Drum Beat, Dream Team Carnival’s I Am and Veni & Friends, From Columbus: We The People.

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