This year, street activities equal three: J’Ouvert which will take place on 27th December 2010, the Grand Parade which takes place on 1st January 2011 and Last Lap which takes place on 3rd January 2010.
During a press conference held at ZIZ’s television studio recently, involving Carnival Committee Chair, Clement ‘Monarch’ O’Garro; head of the Street Activities Committee, Vincent Fough; Head of the Security Committee, Inspector Ivor and a member of that committee, Inspector Cromwell Henry, briefed the media on their preparations for the events.
Fough explained that according to information he received, there are eight J’ouvert troupes have been registered and two individual mas’ players and five troupes have been registered for the Grand Parade.
“We are in the process of making final preparations,” Fough explained.
Inspector Blake indicated that from his end, preparations are also progressing well noting that, “Our primary purpose is to provide support to all the activities that are involved in carnival…and provide the kind of safety and security that is required to have all these activities and revellers having fun in a safe environment…We have the main activities of carnival yet ahead…”
He indicated that as has been the case over the past number of years, marshals (designated and trained individuals who will assist with maintaining law and order and with ensuring smooth transition along the route) will be out in their numbers during the street activities.
“We support the street activities by providing the marshals. My committee is responsible for carnival marshals as well who go out with the bands as a safety measure, to ensure that persons done get caught up in the wheels of the tractor and to help the security services to provide assistance to ensure that members of the public are safe on the road.”
Blake noted that since the introduction of the marshals “we have not had any major incident with the tractors”.
All including Carnival Chairman Clement ‘Monarch’ O’Garro encouraged the public to become involved and support Sugar Mas’.