Port of Spain, Trinidad: January, 24, 2024: The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) distributed subventions to more than 20 regional carnival committees at a function held at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah on Wednesday, January 24.
Before an audience of regional carnival committee representatives, NCC Chairman, Winston “Gypsy” Peters reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to regional carnival’s development through investment as a way of ensuring the industry’s growth and survival.
“Regional Carnival is one of the few aspects of the Festival that are truly indigenous to us in this country, signifying and defining our Carnival from the other carnivals that we have exported to the rest of the world,” Peters said.
He added, “Carnival is important to us. You (the Regional Carnival Committees) are important to Carnival. Despite the challenges we face with limited financial resources, we will continue to cut our pants to suit our cloth and make do with what we receive. We are thankful, just like you, to all the parties that helped us reach this stage where we could disburse these subventions in a timely manner.”
Regional Carnivals, which reflect the more traditional aspects of the Festival, ensure that continuity, sustainability, historical significance, and cultural identity remain vibrant aspects of the annual Carnival celebrations.
The NCC is proud to support the Regional Carnival Committees and has committed to continue working with all committees in the interest of keeping regional carnivals a reality for the thousands who look forward to, and depend on them.
NCC Chief Executive Officer (Ag.) Nigel Williams presents the subvention to a representative of the Cedros Regional Carnival Committee
Chairman Peters presents the subvention to the Maraval Carnival Committee representative