Orlando Nagessar, chairman of the Chaguanas Carnival Committee

The Chaguanas Borough Corporation (CBC) would be offering more prize monies for this year’s celebrations.

The good news came yesterday, when chairman of the Carnival Committee Orlando Nagessar announced that the committee had gotten over $200,000 for this year’s celebrations.

Nagessar said the committee is expected to get over $300,000 for 2020, more than it was given last year from the NCC.

He said in addition to this, the committee was also expecting a substantial sum from private organisations.

He was at the time addressing a news conference at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation.

Nagessar said many large bands indicated that they would not be participating in Carnival Tuesday celebrations because patrons were not willing to pay the high cost of costumes.

He said many bandleaders were also disgruntled because of the low prize monies offered last year.

Nagessar said he was hoping that the increase would offer some incentive to bandleaders.

Nagessar said celebrations begin today at Ramsaran Street, where the big stage is set with a junior calypso competition and 20 plus participants are expected to compete.

Celebrations continue on Sunday with Kiddies Carnival followed by J’ouvert and Traditional Mas on Monday and Parade of the Bands on Tuesday.

Nagessar said all celebrations take place at Ramsaran Street.

Balliram Lalla, of the Chaguanas Municipal Police, said heavy security would be in place.

Lalla said police would be enforcing a no-glass bottle ban 100 metres from the stage and random searches would take place.

Chaguanas mayor Vandana Mohit said she was in full support of Carnival celebrations.