Politician and Social Activist, Phillip Alexander has called on the relevant authorities to consider alternatives to the mayhem unleashed on non participants of carnival annually. In a media statement issued, Alexander points out that while there are many who enjoy the festival, there are countless others, including business owners, who have nothing to gain from the festival, dubbed the Greatest Show on Earth.
Carnival Monday morning will see thousands parade through Port of Spain for J’ouvert celebrations. This comes along with the expectation that properties will likely be defaced by revellers and residents of Woodbrook, St. James and environs will be disturbed by the incessant noise from big trucks en route.
Alexander addresses these concerns, offering alternatives to what he says can be a win/win opportunity for carnival lovers and non participants alike. Continue reading :
PHILLIP ALEXANDER’S SOLUTIONS:
Many people who want nothing to do with Carnival are penalised for it and have to not only lose days of business, but have to board up their properties to protect them from the Carnival at their expense. Why is this considered fair?
Others who live along the routes of the mas are literally forced out of their homes, unfairly distressed by the mess, the piss and the noise. As Carnival in T&T is no longer a spectator activity, why is it still held in residential communities?
I have said for over a decade, as the bands are basically all inclusive parties on wheels needing nothing from no one, why not just send ALL the bands down the highway in a line?
Easy to police, easy to respond to in emergencies, single file, one band behind the other, all the way down one side of the highway, and all the way back up, with the clean up crew as the final section of all of it so one hour after the last reveller has had their say, the country could be cleaned up and back to normal.
The savannah venue has been replaced by a plywood enclosed grass space with a temporary stage and portable toilets and that could be set up anywhere outside the city limits, and take the mayhem away from disturbing the rest of the country that again, wants nothing to do with all of it, so why don’t we?
Why not enclose an acreage somewhere out of town with adequate parking that does not have to destroy the savannah grass or compress the ground feeding the aquifers where all the fetes could be held? I mean, we basically held all the big fetes in the savannah this year, so why not somewhere else that gives those who want Carnival the space and the place that does not disturb the rest of the country?
Imagine if we saved the wasted money for all the unnecessary infrastructure, all the aggravation and inconvenience, protected residents from noise, the smell of piss for weeks after, the paint all over home owner properties, the traffic for the weeks leading up to the Carnival, AND gave those who live for Carnival the space to do their thing?
Out of sight of everyone else and little to no inconvenience to anyone, plus it would save taxpayers untold millions, imagine a Carnival where the mas players could romp, wine and jump to their hearts’ content and have their fun where they could be a bother to no one, a win for everyone.
– Phillip Edward Alexander