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Any adult, including band officials and parents, found consuming alcohol in any band during the Junior Parade of the Bands scheduled to come off on Carnival Saturday, will be ejected from the band and have to leave the parade route.

This new measure, said Chairman of the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) Parade of the Bands Committee Samuel Lewis, is to show children the right way to live and have a good time.

Lewis was speaking at the media launch yesterday of the 2011 Junior Parade of the bands, which took place at the Republic Bank head offices, Park Street, Port of Spain.

NCBA president, David Lopez, later emphasised the statement made by Lewis, adding that he is calling on the police and legal authorities to ensure that no bar licences allowing the sale of alcohol be issued to vendors along the parade route on the day of the parade.

Lopez also said he was aware that there were laws preventing the sale of alcohol by anyone along the route during the parade and he is asking the police to act on them.

As for the permanent bars that are located along the route, Lopez said those bars have a different type of licence than the temporary bars and they will remain open during the parade.

Lopez said in the past, once there was any event involving children, the police would restrict the use of alcohol in the area being used, but things changed. Lopez said all the NCBA can do is instruct parents and people involved in the bands that if they do purchase alcohol at these bars, then stay out of the bands.

"We need to show the children you can have a good time without alcohol. I am calling on the police and legal authorities to execute the laws on alcohol being available during the Junior Parade of the Bands. Don't profit by destroying the future of the young. It's the parents that drink alcohol in the bands on the day set aside for the children. It's the parents that encourage the kids to gyrate in certain ways," said Lopez.

Lopez also said the NCBA is going to prepare a "Don't play list," which they will establish at an upcoming meeting with the DJs — to ensure that certain songs not be played.

Lopez said there were 25 DJs on trucks contracted to the NCBA and some of the bands have their own DJ trucks.

The NCBA will provide guidelines to the respective bands for their DJs. Any DJ failing to adhere to the rules will not be contracted by the NCBA in the future, Lopez said.

This is the third year that Republic Bank is the title sponsor of the Junior Parade of the Bands and the financial institution has provided $500,000 per year to the NCBA with $350,000 going towards the Junior Parade and $150,000 to the Mas Academy.

This year, in an effort to ensure a smooth flow and that the parade ends on time to allow Pan Trinbago enough time to get the Queen's Park Savannah ready for the National Panorama finals, Republic Bank is giving $500 each to the first ten bands leaving the starting point on the Brian Lara Promenade at 7.30 a.m.

The junior masqueraders will parade from Brian Lara Promenade and St Vincent Street then down on to South Quay, turning up Broadway and going up Frederick Street right up to the Queen's Park Savannah.

SOURCE: Trinidad Express

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