|Curtain falls on Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations |
By SEETA PERSAD Monday, May 9 2011
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PRETTY IN PINK: Dame Lorraines stand in line with their parasols during Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations on Saturday....
POINT FORTIN Mayor Clyde Paul is calling on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Government to reach out to the borough and provide financial assistance for the staging of the annual Borough Day celebrations.
In an interview with Newsday, yesterday after the curtain fell on the annual celebrations, Paul said, “ We have been working alongside the six electoral districts in Point Fortin in showcasing the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. This includes everyone involved in the arts and culture,” Mayor Paul said.
Adding that since they are not allowed to collect taxes and rates, the Government should play a bigger role in the staging of the annual Borough celebrations. He added that he has been complaining to the Minister of Works and Transport Jack Warner about the bad condition of the roads in the borough but is yet to see any work done.
He praised the burgesses for an incident-free celebration, despite the hardships faced by the borough to execute some of its plans for Borough Day festivities.
Despite this, however, Paul said that 2011 Borough Day celebrations saw a vast improvement in the number of participating spectators, pan sides and revellers on Saturday. It was Carnival all over again, this time in the Borough of Point Fortin.
Point Fortin is the smallest Borough in TT, located in Southwest Trinidad, about 20 miles from San Fernando.
Traffic congestion posed a major problem during celebrations on the weekend, as there was bumper-to-bumper traffic from South Trunk Road straight up to La Brea and into Point Fortin. On entering the borough, the large line-up of steel pan trucks took over the streets.
On the main street, people were partying to the sound of the popular soca tunes, while others paraded with the Traditional Carnival characters, including Jab Jab, and Red Indians. The massive street party saw participants from as far as Port-of-Spain and other northern districts. People feted into the early morning as the curtain came down on the week-long borough celebrations. Point Fortin’s 31st annual Borough Day celebrations were dedicated to two “sons of the soil”, the late great Kelvin Pope (the Might Duke) and multiple road march and soca monarch winner Austin Lyons (SuperBlue). J’Ouvert celebrations began at 4 am on Saturday and masqueraders and onlookers flocked to the streets, to enjoy the sweet sound of soca.
Several J’ouvert bands paraded the streets, including bands from north and other parts of the country. The J’ouvert celebrations come to an end at midday when the traditional mas characters took over. One of the highlights of Borough Day celebrations was the “Pan on the Move” competition. Pannists from 20 steelbands competed in three categories – Bomb (any composition by the Mighty Duke), 2011 Panorama Arrangement and a Test Piece.
This year’s Test Piece was the Point Fortin Borough Song, composed by Bernice Rennie. Among the steelbands that competed were Trinidad All Stars, Arima Golden Symphony, Trinidad Valley Harps, La Brea Nightingales, Petrotrin Siparia Deltones, Panasonic Connection, among others.
Borough Day celebrations also included the Sunrise fete at the Clifton Hill club, yesterday.
Two of the country’s big bands Roy Cape All Stars and TTEC Gayatones performed alongside Iwer “D Boss” George, Denise Belfon, Swappi, Shal Marshal and Benjai, among others.