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Pan on D’Avenue 4 coming

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Having being denied funding by some government ministries and state entities, and with no assistance from any business in its catchment area, the Woodbrook/St James Community Association is confident that its fourth instalment of Pan on D’Avenue, scheduled for August 22, would be a success. 

Chaired by former councillor Cleveland Garcia, Pan on D’Avenue IV was launched on Tuesday and corporate secretary Allima Garcia revealed that the venture will be sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Sport & Culture Fund, Ministry of Community Development, TSTT Blink bMobile, National Gas Company, Petrotrin, National Carnival Commission, Carib Brewery, First Citizens Bank and Republic Bank. Other sponsors include Cepep, The Achievement Centre Limited, Simon’s Musical Supplies, Nestle and Medical Associates.

Garcia said: “This event is held to foster unity in Woodbrook. We have held this event for three years and (knock on wood) it has been completely incident free. At least four generations of Woodbrook residents come out in the thousands to support the event in a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment.” 

The parade is scheduled to begin at the corner of Ariapita Avenue and Taylor Street at 6 pm and ends at Colville Street. Ariapita Avenue will be closed off to all vehicular traffic from 5 pm and side streets off the avenue would be opened to allow access for residents. No parking would be allowed on the avenue.

Garcia said that a special deck would be set up at the corner of Ariapita Avenue and Petra Street to facilitate residents, especially the elderly and those unable to make the trek along the avenue. Carib will also erect its Brew House at the corner of Rosalino Street.

This year’s Pan on D’Avenue is being held in memory of late radio personality Holly Thomas, a founder of the event, and as a tribute to Black Stalin. 

Twenty-six steelbands are listed to parade, along with traditional Carnival characters and moko jumbies. Special demonstrations are also billed by members of the T&T Fire Service and Defence Force. The programme, scheduled to commence at 6 pm, also includes a cultural presentation at Adam Smith Square with dance and tassa, and a presentation of awards to 15 pan tuners and five pan manufacturers. Pan Trinbago is also to be honoured. 

Registered in 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Woodbrook, each year the Pan on D’Avenue committee pays tribute to a stalwart cultural figure. In 2012, the first King of Carnival Colin Edghill and the first Queen of Carnival Kay Christopher were honoured. The steelbands performing that year were limited to Woodbrook and St James. 

The following year, in 2013, Pan on d’Avenue II, saw the route being changed from West to East and included steelbands from the East, South Central and Northern regions of Pan Trinbago. This parade was in tribute of Anthony Williams and in memory of Ralph Mac Donald. In 2014, Pan on d’Avenue III teamed up with The Ministry of Health and included Zumba to the sweet sounds of pan. 

Thirty-three steelbands paraded and a total of 16 top steelband arrangers were honoured. They each received an award; a hamper from Nestle and a cheque. Some of the arrangers got executive medicals courtesy Medical Associates.

Prior to the parade of steelbands at 6.30 pm, Stryke Stars single pan ensemble would be performing at French Street corner from 6 pm to entertain spectators before the parade reaches that area. 

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Steelbands from three Pan Trinbago regions to parade at Pan on D’Avenue:

SOUTH / CENTRAL

1. Pan Elders

2. NGC Couva Joylanders

3. Old Tech

EAST

4. Tunapuna All Stars

5. Super Novas

6. Republic Bank Exodus

7. SIS Harmonites

NORTH / WEST

8. Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove

9. BP Renegades

10. Witco Desperadoes

11. Massy Trinidad All Stars

12. PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars

13. CAL Invaders

14. White Oak Starlift

15. Carib Woodbrook Playboyz

16. Brimblers

17. Harvard Harps 

18. Scrunters Pan Groove

19. St James Tripolians

20. Uni Stars

21. Laventille Serenaders

22. Defence Force 

23. Fire Services

24. Ovalteens

25. City Sun Valley

26. Blue Diamond

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