Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Randall Mitchell says he supports the National Carnival Commission’s (NCC) decision to bring back the North Stand at the Queen’s Park Savannah for Carnival 2023.
The stand was closed in 2018 as it was deemed by the NCC as too expensive to build. The stand had traditionally facilitated not only PanTrinbago’s Panorama events but the Dimanche Gras show, King and Queen of the Bands competition, Parade of the Bands and calypso tent clashes during the Carnival season.
Mitchell noted that the NCC had indicated to him that the cost of erecting the North Stand could be repaid through hosting one pan event. And they have committed to finding more ways to ensuring that the facility is used to maximum effect and better monetised.
Pan Trinbago president Beverley Ramsey-Moore said they asked for the return of the North Stand from a business perspective, as more income was generated when the stand was in existence and it had paid for itself.
Its return comes in time for the 60th anniversary of Panorama and both NCC and Pan Trinbago believe there is no better way to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
Ramsey-Moore told Guardian Media that people kept asking for the stand’s return and they believe 2023 will be the best year to do so.
NCC boss Winston “Gypsy” Peters meanwhile said the return will give Carnival lovers a nostalgic feeling, especially since there was no Carnival in the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.