In one week, Trinidad and Tobago will go crazy, literally. The streets will be filled with almost naked women, topless men all dancing, gyrating and doing all sorts of body contortions all in the name of ‘having a good time’.
What has happened to our Carnival? It is a question asked by many today, but the answer, any answer, is elusive. The gaiety and abandon which used to permeate our Carnival is slowly being emasculated by the business of mas’. Bands, inclusive of steel bands, are now business oriented. The mas has become secondary. You don’t bring out a band for the enjoyment of people. You do it to make money….lots of money.
Unfortunately, so much of what should be a truly creative and colourful festival, is punctuated by lasciviousness and decadent behaviour. Our Carnival has become a rowdy bunch of half-naked people running wild on our streets.