Several mas makers in south Trinidad are feeling the 'pinch' as a depressed economy has forced some of them to lower prices on their costumes.
One events promoter has responded to the crackdown on loud music this Carnival by hosting a silent party.
Masqueraders have missed Power Soca and have raised their voices calling for it to again be front and centre in the mas.
While many mas makers anticipated slower sales for costumes this Carnival given the continued shrinkage of T&T’s economy, Kalicharan Carnival has sold most of its costumes.
The unusual low temperatures in the United States seems to be chasing masqueraders to Trinidad Carnival this year.
Etienne Charles spoke at the opening of his panel discussion and screening of two music videos of pieces from his jazz suite Carnival: The Sound of a People.