Carnival revamp

Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr. Lincoln Douglas (left) is entertained by a Dame Lorraine during yesterday’s media launch of Carnival 2013 at NAPA in Port of Spain.

PORT OF SPAIN — The Calypso Monarch competition will be held on Carnival Thursday and not the traditional Dimanche Gras Sunday night.

This was disclosed yesterday by recently appointed chairman of the National Carnival Commission, Allison Demas, as she announced several sweeping changes to next year’s Carnival schedule of events.

The competition to determine the winner of the “most prestigious title” in the “calypso world” will have to compete with Tribe Ignite and several all inclusive fetes, including Headley and Beach House, on February 7.

The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation, however, is of the view that the shift in date would enable the organisation to “increase revenue”, Demas said yesterday.

The Calypso Monarch competition and the King and Queen of Carnival finals had traditionally formed the nucleus of the Dimanche Gras show.

Next year, however, “you will see a completely refashioned Dimanche Gras which will not include any competitive aspect,” Demas said yesterday.

Demas said the new format for Dimanche Gras would “allow the show to be packaged and sold more easily and attract a greater level of sponsorship”.

Tenders are currently being requested for the production of Dimanche Gras 2013.

Randy Glasgow of Randy Glasgow Promotions and William Munro of Caribbean Prestige Foundation have teamed up in an effort to become the successful producers of the new Dimanche Gras show, the Express has learnt.

The new “King and Queen of Carnival” final will now be held on Carnival Friday, the same night as the Soca Monarch competitions – Power and Groovy.

“Rest assured that it (the King and Queen of Carnival finals) will not clash with Soca Monarch since the gates will open at 6 p.m. and the show will not run for more than three hours,” Demas said.


“Big Friday will be a made-for-television Carnival show that will have a graceful marriage of all Carnival arts,” Demas said. It will be produced by Geraldo Viera Jr.

Reigning Calypso Monarch Duane O’Connor yesterday lauded the decision to move the National Calypso Monarch competition out of Dimanche Gras, saying the move could be a positive change for calypsonians.

O’Connor said, “I think it’s a plus for us; it has been done before. Let’s see what the change is going to bring. I think that calypso is only going to get better. People have been complaining that the show at the Dimanche Gras has been too long and exhausting, so giving us our own space would be a plus. This might mean more artistes will have an opportunity to get into the finals.” (Express)

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