Carnival celebrations in Arima are in jeopardy as a result of inadequate funding from the National Carnival Commission (NCC).
In light of its slashed budget, Arima mayor Lisa Morris-Julian yesterday admitted that several competitions for Carnival, organised by the Arima Carnival Committee (ACC), had to be cancelled.
Last year, the corporation received $220,000 but spent $500,000 for Carnival events.
This year, the corporation collected $100,000 with pledges from a few businesses to the tune of $50,000 to offset costs.
A total of 75 small, medium and large bands have registered with the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to cross the Queen’s Park Savannah stage for the Parade of the Bands on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Confirmation came from an NCC source who has been putting preparations in place for the two-day street parade. The spokesman said masqueraders will have access to six routes.
The colour-coded routes outlined in an NCC 2018 Carnival map which the T&T Guardian obtained have been listed as Band, Socadrome, Piccadilly, Exit, Emergency and Escape.
When the bell for the National Panorama Medium and Large Bands Finals rings, Arima Angel Harps and bp Renegades will be first off the block in their respective categories on Saturday 10 February, 2018 at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Showtime is at 7 pm.
Themed “Steel Crescendo…..Musical Explosion and Rivalry”, the Pan Trinbago produced flagship event has been described as the “Super Bowl of Pan” featuring ten (10) Medium and ten (10 ) Large Conventional Bands. Both Pan Elders and Massy Trinidad All Stars will be defending their titles.