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Incident free J’ouvert in Point

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Sunday, May 4 2014

POINT Fortin Mayor Clyde Paul yesterday congratulated revellers at the borough’s J’ouvert for heeding his call to obey the law and have an incident-free celebration.

“ I am proud of them, very proud of them,” Paul told Sunday Newsday.

Yesterday thousands of revellers flocked to Point Fortin for its J’ouvert celebration, one of many events to commemorate the borough’s 34th anniversary.

At the official launch of the celebrations on April 19, the mayor pleaded with burgesses to obey the instructions of the law officers. Referring to a murder that occurred at last year’s J’ouvert celebrations, Paul urged patrons to not let that happen again.

Yesterday, the mayor also commended police officers for their presence during J’ouvert.

“We had a large police presence. Police did a lot of planning on how to conduct their affairs and I want to commend them for that, “Paul said. Many police, most of them dressed in tactical uniform were seen at the celebrations, among them members of the South-Western as well as the Eastern Division Task Forces, GEB, and South-Western Division.

The J’ouvert celebrations officially began from 4 am yesterday, however revellers had begun gathering on the streets since Friday night in anticipation of the event which many burgesses view as the climax to the festivities.

The streets were an explosion of colours with revellers representing their respective bands — Love Looseness 100 %, It 2 Real, Casino Nights, Rum Splash Ring and Celebrations among others.

Music trucks blasting loud music drove through the streets, surrounded by energetic revellers who danced along.

A drizzle of rain at about 8 am yesterday evoked a spell of greater enthusiasm in revellers with some welcoming the rain with open arms, literally.

The J’ouvert officially concluded at about 10 am and police investigators said that there were no serious reports of crime but rather minor reports — two stabbing incidents and larceny of a car.

Today, the festivities continue with a Sailing Regatta and Dragon Boat Festival at Guapo/Clifton Hill Beach at 9am.

Later this afternoon, from 6 pm, the Borough Cool Down will be held at Guapo/Clifton Hill Beach while the annual fete-Bedrock: The Red Carpet Affair — will take place at Lake Asphalt from 4 pm to 11 pm.

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