Thousands packed the streets of Bon Accord and Crown Point on Saturday for the J'Ouvert celebration at Tobago's Carnival. The event took the form of a parade that started in the vicinity of the Bon Accord Government Primary School and headed straight for Crown Point. There were no judging points.
Officials from the Carnival Committee were not on hand to move the bands along the street. However, the police made sure that the bands kept pace. There was also an absence of portable public toilets for members of the public to use. Masqueraders, however, had the convenience of using mobile toilets provided by their bands.
Bands including Fog Angels, Monkey Business, Oil Devils, Dutty the World, MIL, Dirty Medics and Break Free participated. Revellers from Trinidad who made the trip said they were happy to enjoy the feteing.
Acting Superintendent Kirk, who led a large contingent of police officers, said the J'Ouvert started a little late and up to 9 am no incidents had been reported. "We want this to be the safest part of Tobago Carnival," he said.
Media personality Ashleia Baksh, left, and TBC Radio's Slam 100.5 Fm Host Jynnyn Edwards have fun during Tobago Carnival J'Ouvert celebration at Bon Accord and Crown Point yesterday.
Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell, meanwhile, said he was elated that tourism stakeholders saw some benefit from Tobago Carnival. Mitchell spoke with Guardian Media on Friday Night at the Pan and Powder event at the Waterfront Old Milford Road, Scarborough.
He said, "We hope that this can build, and improve in years to come. I have not seen so much activity on the island of Tobago for such a long time, and I am extremely happy. I am happy for the tourism product. I am happy for all the tourism stakeholders, this must be an incredible boost for all of them."
Mitchell said that come 2023, the next Tobago Carnival should be a significant fixture on the Carnival circuit.
The event started around 7 pm, two hours after it was advertised to start. Patrons from Trinidad were confused as to what would be the format of the event. The show started with several small bands performing while larger bands paraded along Milford Road from the west to downtown Scarborough in the east.
Revellers from the band Outopia enjoy themselves at the Tobago Carnival J'ouvert celebration.