Victoria Park has been factored out of Carnival Tuesday/Mardi Gras.
This year, masquerades will parade for the entire day on the streets of Kingstown and not have to wait for hours to cross the stage at Victoria Park to be judged.
This comes as the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) has convinced the Mas Bands Association (MBA) to abandon the practice of crossing a stage at Victoria Park to have their costumes judged for the various competitions.
Chairman of CDC Ricardo Adams, says that the CDC is still fine tuning this innovation but bands will no longer go the traditional route of crossing a stage at the Victoria Park.
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This is not only a masquerader friendly venture but it will also benefit the viewing public.
“Let’s say on Tuesday you went into Kingstown and stood up by the post office, you would not see a band until about 2 or 3’ o clock and if you went into park you will see about 50 to 100 people in there and you would have stayed in there until 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now with this new format you can see friends on the streets and costumes for the entire day”, says Adams explaining the rationale behind the change.