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Carnival Monday crowds

Ricky Jordan in Trinidad

Carnival Monday crowds

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WITH AN ESTIMATED 200 000 vistors on this twin-island for Carnival 2012, nearly half that amount will continue the street party started today on the streets of downtown Port-of-Spain.
Tourism minister Dr Rupert Griffith reported large and small hotels fully booked over the weekend in anticipation of two days of mas’ which began with J’Ouvert in the wee hours of Monday morning.  This mud and oil mas’, which kicked off the celebration at 4 a.m…., while “pretty” mas’ attracted over 25 costumed bands, some featuring 1 000 revellers, along with smaller units of “red devils”, “bats”, “red Indians” and “midnight robbers”.
Most of them paraded through town, passing various judging points, chipped along Frederick Street and crossed the stage of the Queen’s Park Savannah before the final judges. And they will do it again tomorrow, showing feathered and beaded costumes enhanced by body-paint in all their glory to the highly rotated uptempo songs of Machel Montano who looks set to be triple crown king with his Mr Fete, along with Kerwin Dubois’ Bacchanlist and Iwer George’s Jab No Pain.
Bands include Harts and Island People whose ranks are boosted with a hefty Bajan contingent, Bryan MacFarlane’s Sanctification which is expected to cop most of the prizes on the road, Carnival Oasis, Dream Team,  Bliss, Showtime Mas’, D Midas,  Yuma and the Woodbrook-based Trini Revellers.