President declares 2020 Carnival days

Date: 
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 13:30

Her  Excellency,  Paula-Mae  Weekes,  President  of  the  Republic  of  Trinidad  and  Tobago  has officially declared the beginning and ending days and times for Carnival 2020.

In an official release issued today, the President made the following declarations in accordance with:

1.  Section 47 C (2) of the Liquor Licenses Act, the period of Carnival shall commence at 8:00 a.m.  on  Sunday  9th February,  2020  and  ending  at midnight  on  Tuesday  25th February, 2020; and

2.  Section  5  of  the  Public  Holidays  and  Festivals  Act,  Chapter  19:05,  has  declared  that Carnival 2020  shall  commence  at 4:00  a.m. on Monday 24th February, 2020  and  shall cease at midnight on Tuesday 25th February, 2020.

The Regulations prescribe certain behaviours, this and every Carnival, and contravention of any of them could lead to stiff penalties. On summary conviction, the guilty party must pay “a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars” and be subject “to imprisonment for six months”.

One such restriction concerns the wearing of apparel or costumes that resemble or represent the uniforms of any member of the national security forces.

Another prohibits the portrayal or mockery of any religion practised in Trinidad and Tobago.

There is a regulation concerning disguising of the person, or hiding one’s identity by covering the face in a particular way.

Several of the regulations govern the carrying and use of weapons; how many people should ideally travel in a vehicle; and also guides band leaders—whether of masqueraders or music orchestras—on how they should move their membership around on Carnival days.

Details of the regulations follow…

 

LEGAL NOTICE NO. 29

REPUBLIC  OF  TRINIDAD  AND  TOBAGO

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS ACT, CHAP. 19:05

REGULATIONS

MADE BY THE PRESIDENT UNDER SECTION5 OF THE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

AND FESTIVALS ACT

THE  CARNIVAL  REGULATIONS,  2020

 

Citation

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Carnival Regulations, 2020.

 

Interpretation

2. In these Regulations, “leader” means the person responsible for the organisation of a band or an orchestra.

 

Restrictions  

A person shall not–

(a) appear dressed in–

(i) the uniform prescribed for the Police Service, Special Reserve Police, Supplemental, City or Borough Police, Fire Service, Prison Service or any unit of the Defence Force, unless the person is a serving member of the Police Service, Special Reserve Police, Supplemental, City or Borough Police, Fire Service, Prison Service or any unit of the Defence Force; or

(ii) any costume which may be mistaken for the uniform prescribed for the Police Service, Special Reserve Police, Supplemental, City or Borough Police, Fire Service, Prison Service or any unit of the Defence Force;

(b) portray or represent or appear wearing any costume which portrays or represents, in any manner, any deity of a living religion or portray any event in a manner likely to bring into disrepute, ridicule or contempt any religion practised in Trinidad and Tobago;

(c) throw any substance, matter or thing likely to cause damage, injury or discomfort;

(d) smear or daub on any other person any substance, matter or thing, or with intent to intimidate or to obtain from that other person any money or valuable thing, attempt or threaten to smear or daub on that other person any substance, matter or thing;

(e) have in any public place any exposed flame or any article of an offensive nature;

(f) carry any lethal weapon or any article capable of causing damage or injury, unless that person is a member of the Police Service, Special Reserve Police, Supplemental, City or Borough Police or the Defence Force, and is on duty;

(g) play in any orchestra on the road, unless the name and address of the person and the name of the orchestra are registered in accordance with regulation 5;

(h) drive any motor vehicle when masked or facially disguised;

(i) travel in any motor vehicle when masked or facially disguised, unless the vehicle is licensed in accordance with regulation 6;

(j) sing or recite any lewd or offensive song;

(k) indulge in behaviour or gestures which are immoral, lewd or offensive;

(l) carry or use in a derogatory manner the flag or Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago or of any other country;

(m) have in his possession or carry in any band anything resembling a firearm or ammunition;

(n) carry any explosive or smoke producing substance or anything likely to produce smoke; or

(o) drive or display any vehicle disguised as a tank, an armoured military vehicle, a rocket-launcher, an artillery or a warship.

 

Chapter 16:01

(2) Section 2 of the Firearms Act applies for the interpretation of such expressions as are referred to in subparagraphs (m), (n) and (o) and are defined in the Act.

 

Registration of Bands

4. The leader of every band–

(a) of more than fifty persons, shall register his band not later than 3rd February, 2020, with the Senior Superintendent or Superintendent of Police in charge of the Police Division in which the leader resides and on registration, the Senior Superintendent or Superintendent of Police shall assign a registration number to the band;

(b) shall ensure that his band is identified by a banner on which the name and registration number of the band are inscribed in a conspicuous manner; and

(c) of more than fifty persons, shall produce the certificate of registration of the band at the request of any uniformed member of the Police Service, Special Reserve Police, Supplemental, City or Borough Police.

 

Registration of Orchestras

5. (1) The leader of an orchestra shall not allow his orchestra to play on the road, unless he has registered its name and the names and addresses of its members with the Senior Superintendent or Superintendent of Police in charge of the Police Division in which the leader resides and on registration, the Senior Superintendent or Superintendent of Police shall assign a registration number to the orchestra.

(2) The leader of an orchestra shall ensure that his orchestra is identified by a banner on both sides of which the name of the orchestra and the registration number are inscribed in a conspicuous manner.

(3) The leader of an orchestra shall produce the certificate of registration for the orchestra at the request of any uniformed member of the Police Service, Special Reserve Police, Supplemental, City or Borough Police.

 

Licensing of Vehicles

6. (1) A motor vehicle shall not be used to convey the members of any orchestra or any person who is masked or facially disguised, unless a  licence  has  been  issued  by  the  Senior  Superintendent  or Superintendent of Police in charge of the Police Division in which the owner of the motor vehicle resides.

(2) The owner of the motor vehicle shall make an application for a licence not later than 3rd February, 2020 and the application shall contain–

(a) the names and addresses of the persons to be conveyed;

(b) the name of the band to which the persons belong; and

(c) the names and addresses of the persons, not more than three in number, who would be driving the motor vehicle during Carnival.

(3) Any member of the Police Service, Special Reserve Police, Supplemental, City or Borough Police may stop and search any motor vehicle in which there is any person who is masked or facially disguised or may require any person in the motor vehicle to give his name and address.

 

Penalty

7. Any person who, during the period of Carnival, contravenes any of these Regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months.

 

Duration

8. These Regulations apply for the period of Carnival 2020 as declared under section 5 of the Public Holidays and Festivals Act.

 

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