Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Steelbands will have two events in which to display their musical skills come Carnival Monday evening. One is the second edition of the Groovy Soca Steelband Competition in all Pan Trinbago Regions and the other, Health & Fitness Chip in the capital, Port-of-Spain.
The Groovy Soca Steelband Competition is open to all financial members of Pan Trinbago and will see participating steelbands perform any groovy soca composition. Bands are required to play the tune on the move for approximately four to six minutes.
There are several judging points: in the North at Victoria Square, Park Street, Port-of-Spain, East - Hollis Avenue, Arima; South on the Coffee [Street], San Fernando, and in Tobago along the Esplanade, Scarborough. Adjudicators will be selected by the respective regions.
Cash prizes (approximately TT $200,000. per region) are sponsored by the Office of the Prime Minister, The Ministry of The Arts & Multiculturalism and the National Carnival Commission. Registration is at the venues on the day of the competition.
The “Health & Fitness Chip” is an initiative under the aegis of The Ministry of Health, through its ‘Fight the Fat Campaign’ for Carnival 2014. The non-competitive event will take the form of a steelband parade from Tragarete Road to Adam Smith Square, Ariapita Avenue, Port-of-Spain.
Scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 1:00 a.m., the bands will proceed from Colville Street heading west on Tragarete Road. At Adam Smith Square, bands will stop and play a tune of choice before moving along. A total of 35 bands are expected to participate. Each band will receive an appearance fee.
“Chippers” will include the general public and other Health & Fitness “buffs” who will be encouraged to align themselves with their favorite steelband and chip the night away.
Carnival Monday Night Fitness Chippin’ is supported by the Woodbrook/St. James Community Association, National Carnival Commission and Pan Trinbago Inc.