Carnival officials encouraged with higher crowd turn-outs


That however changed over the past weekend as thousands of patrons filled the Sugar Mill, near capacity limits.

This allowed for a mood change because the fear was already building when only handfuls turned out for the calypso eliminations, semi-finals and semis for the soca contest.

But the pages turned and both the finals of the Power and Groovy Monarch Competition and National Carnival Talented Teen competition saw over 3,000 patrons in attendance in total.

According to Chairman of the National Carnival Committee, Sylvester Anthony, he said that the upsurge in attendance by patrons could be factored by the marketing strategy of the Carnival committee.  

“We had rain for the past couple shows and that kind of slowed things up also, but nevertheless we are grateful for the turn-out of people for the shows,” Anthony said.

Anthony said that the turn out of the younger audience also contributed to the influx in attendance.

“We had in excess of over 1500 paid patrons at the Soca Monarch finals and that is the largest turnout we have had in years so we are hoping that the other events succeed the number,” Anthony said.

The Chairman further told that both competitions have different crowds.

“What also happened at the Soca Monarch finals was that the artistes themselves put a lot of emphasis on marketing themselves before the competition and as such patrons came out to see them,” Anthony said.

Anthony also told this media house that the Senior Calypso Competition is now slowly competing with Soca Monarch. He added that the final night of the Calypso competition has always had a large turn in past years. Last year however, that trend broke as the smallest crowd in decades was observed on Final Night 2013.

Meanwhile, several patrons on both nights told that the level of competition on for the Soca Finals and Talented Teen surpassed 2013 standards.

“I was impressed at how the artistes performed… It was a big improvement from last year to now and the level of competition was so high that even the favorites didn’t do much to stay above the rest,” one patron said. 

Another patron told this publication that the respective competitions have allowed a number of new artistes, and younger ones at that, to enter the field.  

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