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Published on April 22nd, 2013 | by Kevon Felmine - Trinidad Guardian Newspapers

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Borough Day launches again without Govt $$

Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations are considered by many as the biggest festival after the Carnival season, but once again festivities have been launched without the Government’s funding. Hundreds came out at the refurbished Victor Chin Kit Park for Friday night’s launch which turned into a street party featuring Soca Monarch and Road March champion 2013 Austin “SuperBlue” Lyons, H2O Phlo and Jeunes Agape.

A talented line-up of steelbands which included Tornadoes Steel Orchestra, Trinmar Marines, Fucsdat panside and Fonclaire Steel Orchestra created an enticing preview of things to come over the next three weeks of celebrations which culminates on the actual Borough Day, May 4. Despite the festive opening to the season, chairman of the Point Fortin Borough Corporation’s Sports and Festivals Committee Sherwin St Hillaire said funding challenges continued to hinder the expansion of the celebrations.

St Hillaire, the councillor for Techier/Gaupo, said based on the paltry funding in 2010 given by former minister of arts and multiculturalism Winston “Gypsy” Peters of a mere $13,000, they decided not to seek funds from the Government. However, he noted that the Government should get involved as the dynamics of the Borough Day celebrations can bolster T&T’s tourism drive.

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