The Arts and Multiculturalism Minister, Winston Gypsy Peters, is defending a plan by the National Carnival Bands Leaders Association to charge Parade of the Bands participants a mandatory fee this year, while some quarters have opposed the move by the N.C.B.A.

However, speaking at the weekly post cabinet news briefing held at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s Thursday, Minister Peters said he sees nothing wrong with introducing the fee which he described as minimal and Minister Peters also said that he thought the funds collected could help the organization cover some of its operational expenses.