The Merry Monarch Reigns

The Merry Monarch is here again and he will reign until midnight on Tuesday. When the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago issues the 2012 Carnival Proclamation, it will be the official signal for citizens of the Republic and thousands of visitors to take to the Nation's streets for what is referred to as "the greatest show on Earth".

The Trinidad and Tobago carnival has captured the imagination of the world and has traditionally attracted millions of visitors over time. It is a time when we showcase our artistic and creative talent to the world. In fact, we in this twin island Republic can stand proud and challenge any nation on the Planet where art and culture is concerned. Our steel band music, soca, calypso and now chutney soca are the musical forms which fuel our carnival. Also, our mas makers have done much to put our carnival artistry among the best on planet Earth.

The reality is that carnival is a festive time where food and drink flow freely and it is hard drink which sometimes causes some few to lose their balance. Uncontrolled intoxication is one of the dangers of the festival. Violence and road accidents often occur because of the heavy intake of alcohol. So we take this opportunity to urge all participants in the festival to have the fullness of enjoyment without resorting to behaviour and action which could bring or cause harm to themselves and others.

With this in mind, we give our full support to our security forces in their commitment to keep the peace during the festival. However, for the peace to be effectively kept there needs to be a sense of cooperation between the security forces and the public. We believe members of the public must act in a manner to help maintain the peace wherever possible.

In Tobago, there will be hot carnival action on the streets of Scarborough, Moriah, Roxborough and Crown Point. We are also hearing of an innovative Carnival Tuesday J'Ouvert at Calder Hall. We believe all these different activities will add to a successful and unique Tobago carnival. Finally we urge all to have an enjoyable, happy and peaceful carnival.

Play mas.

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