Tribe revellers take advantage of The stage
While Arts and Multiculturalism Minister Winston “Gypsy” Peters and Orville London, Chief Secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly continue to butt heads over the practicality of staging a second Carnival in Tobago, later this year, premium mas band Tribe, it seems, has shown them the way. On March 17, the country’s premier pretty mas outfit held its second Carnival Las Lap fete at Pier 1, Chaguaramas, in aid of charity, which secured the patronage of scores of fun-lovers, many dressed in what was left of the costumes in which they revelled during the two-day national festival, which climaxed almost four weeks ago.
Other patrons simply chose to exhibit their brand of sexy. Energy and excitement were aplenty at the “las lap” event which featured performances by the reigning Digicel International Power Soca Monarch Machel Montano, Benjai and the Laventille Rhythm Section. But what really threw patrons into an undiluted state of hysteria was the decision by Tribe officials to construct a stage for masqueraders to cross in keeping with the Carnival tradition. Naturally, the stage was not the size of the one at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, dubbed the Home of T&T Carnival, but the replica undoubtedly served its purpose as communicated in the euphoric scenes, glorious smiles and unrestricted prancing witnessed.
It was well publicised that the estimated 4,000 plus Tribe masqueraders in full costume felt robbed of a full Carnival experience did not cross the stage on Carnival Tuesday during the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) Parade of Bands Competition. Not crossing the stages was how NCBA officials penalised the band for veering from the official designated route. At the “las lap” event, however, feters took advantage of the stage, citing that they had no time limit in the spotlight and revelled like it was Carnival.