As displeasure at the NCC continues its spread, two mas-band organisations have joined forces in opposition to the plan by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to reverse the parade route for Carnival 2014
This has been the second time in as many years that this same plan has been rejected by bandleaders
The National Carnival Development Foundation (NCDF) and T&T Carnival Bandleaders Association (TTCBA) united on Thursday evening to declare their opposition to the route.
The NCC said the route would decrease congestion on the road but this has been rejected by bandleaders. The NCC first presented this plan during consultations with the three major mas organisations—the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA), NCDF and the TTCBA—in 2013, but it was rejected.
This year, the TTCBA and NCDF were excluded from discussions and the NCC presented the plans again early this month, saying last week that bandleaders had reached an agreement.
However, Vice-president of the NCDF Jean-Paul Touchet said the majority of his members were opposed to the new route.
The NCDF represents most of the large bands such as Tribe, Harts, Island People, Yuma and Legacy.
The NCC said on Thursday that it was still awaiting police approval for the new route and that it was not yet set in stone. NCC chairman Allison Demas also said the NCC was open to dialogue with bandleaders.