Tobago is approaching the height of the Carnival season with the 2013 theme “Let’s Dance, Let’s Play, Let’s Dingolay.”
The season kicks off today (January 31, 2013) with the Inter Department Personality and Calypso Show at the Buccoo Integrated Facility at 7 p.m. The highlight of the show will be the 13 contestants vying for the personality title, which is currently held by Akil Reid from the Fire Services. 11 contestants will also battle for the 2013 Inter Department calypso title.
Secretary of Community Development and Culture Councillor Dr. Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus said during Wednesday’s Post Executive Council Meeting that the Division will be holding a Carnival exposition and arts showcase under the theme “Celebrating Theatre” on February 5th. The exposition will honour Trinidad and Tobago’s rich Carnival heritage and commemorate the life of persons, monuments and events. Theatre art students at Mason Hall Secondary, Goodwood High School, Speyside High School and Scarborough Secondary, as well as Scarborough Roman Catholic will participate in the exposition with Carnival displays and by providing information on the history of Carnival to visitors.
On February 6th and 7th special traditional mas performances by various community groups, including the Mason Hall Village Council, Belle Garden Village Council and the Charlottesville Tambu Bamboo, will be showcased in front of the Department of Culture.
Angus said events had been planned to “ensure that we have a safe Carnival and that it is quite exciting.”
Other Carnival activities will include the Junior Extravaganza Pan and Mas at the Garden Side Street Car Park on February 7th, the Winward Afro Queen Show and Calypso Monarch on February 9th, the Kiddies Carnival in Scarborough on February 9th and again on February 10th in Roxborough and the parade of bands to be showcased on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.