Carnival in Port Of Spain officially kicked off with this year’s theme, Red City.
The Downtown Carnival Committee hosted the official launch at Woodford Square following a parade that started at 2 pm, scores of people made their way into the square to be entertained by famous soca artists such as Viking Ding Dong, Wadicki, Mical Teja, Trini Soca Boys, Benjai, Teddyson John and Nessa Preppy with the Candy Land Jouvert Band.
His Worship, Alderman Joel Martinez gave the feature address after welcoming remarks from the chairman of the Downtown Carnival Committee, Councillor Clint Baptiste, and a special address by the CEO of Digicel Abraham Smith.
The presentation of this year’s Cultural Legacy Awards took place during the course of the afternoon.
The recipients of this year’s awards were media personality Jemma Jordan, Soca Artiste Fay Ann Lyons-Alverez who also gave the crowd a taste of some of her hits, and Posthumously Soca Icon Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart, his award was received on behalf of his family by his nephew Quacy James.
Attendees of this year’s event included the Minister of Rural Development and Local Government, the Honorable Faris Al-Rawi, MP for Port of Spain South, the Honorable Keith Scottland various members of the diplomatic core, and entertainers such as Machel Montano, Voice, and Bunji Garlin.
A vote of thanks was given by Councillor for Northen Port of Spain, Abena Hartley on behalf of the Port of Spain Corporation and the Port of Spain City Council.