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Published on July 29th, 2013 | by Trinidad Express Newspapers

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Peace and love on the Parkway, Laventille celebrates drums…

The theme of the 14th Laventille Eman­cipation Steelband Street Parade is “Peace and Love”, something the committee can identify with. For the last 13 years, steelband music has brought thousands of people to the streets of Laventille (in one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading hot spots), without any major incidents. On August 4, all participating steel orchestras are asked to wear white for the occasion, a move contrary to the norm as bands usually dress in Emancipation outfits.

Just about 30 bands will parade on the “Eastern Parkway” (from McAlister Street in the west to Leon Street in the east on the Eastern Main Road) where the drum will be celebrated in all its forms, including tamboo bamboo, rhythm sections, single pan and conventional bands. There will also be a road show before the parade in front of the VIP section.

Patrons who want to join the VIP section at Dorata Street can pay $100 as organisers are planning to erect bleachers to accommodate them. The parade will be led off by 12 past honourees of “Proud to Be Laventille”, and this includes master artist Leroi Clarke, Merle Albino De Coteau, Candice Scott, Philip Simmons, Enid Brown and Stephenson Westfield. Angostura Ltd remains committed to the steelband street parade and is again one of the main sponsors, along with several Government ministries and Panland. This year’s Panorama champion, Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, is expected to be in the line-up of bands.

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