Carnival tabanca as covid19 closes festival

TT – This year the revelry, the mas, the paint, the mud, the costumes, the fun, the sound of pan and all that encompasses Carnival are just a memory for most people as they reminisce to the tunes played on the radio.

There will be no Carnival 2021. No physical events such as fetes, stick-fighting, ole mas, Dimanche Gras, J’Ouvert, parade of the bands, and Panorama.

The annual event has been cancelled this year as a consequence of the covid19 pandemic.

The Prime Minister said at a Spotlight on the Economy forum in September: “It would be madness to be talking about Carnival. Today I can put everybody on notice, unless there’s some dramatic wind that will blow across us whereby Christmas the pandemic would have been a thing of the past, Carnival in TT in 2021 is not on.”

The National Carnival Commission’s chairman, Winston “Gypsy” Peters, told Newsday in December the organisation did not plan any of its events to take on a virtual component as some private promoters were doing.

He said, “Since the government announced there would be no Carnival 2021, the organisation has not been planning any Carnival activity per se.

“What we are going to be doing is compiling a lot of what we have. We are working on it right now. So, we will have a kind of antecedental look at what Carnival in TT is all about, historical as it is.”

Gypsy said TT couldn’t have a virtual Carnival, as that was an oxymoron.

Apart from the missed glitz and glamour, Carnival is a major income-generator for the country, and the season has been one that many people look forward to for an income or supplemental income.

Statistics from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) showed that 2019 visitor expenditure was $27,400,122 and for 2020 it was $25,884,971, a decline of $1,515,51.

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