Incentives are to be given to Mas Bands outside of St. George’s as a means of enticing them to play mas in the city.
Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Senator Brenda Hood told last week’s sitting of the Senate that the plan for this year’s carnival celebrations is to bring all of the Mas Bands to St. George’s so that they can display the traditional mas coming from everywhere.
“The Spicemas (Corporation) is going to give incentives to them,” she said.
“When people come to Grenada for Spicemas or Carnival, they want to see what we have to offer. But what we have noticed over the years is a lot of the time ….they (the Mas Bands) stay in the parishes,” she added.
The Culture Minister disclosed that the Board members of the Spicemas Corporation is now putting all of the plans in place for Grenada’s biggest cultural festival in August.
Although she told the Senate that the plans will be rolled out to the media during a press conference, the Senior Government Minister hinted that Carnival lovers can expect to see activities being done differently.
Spicemas which was launched on May 30, climaxes on August 10 and 11 with the focus this year being on Mas.
The Spicemas body was heavily criticised for the level of disorgansiation displayed in the holding of last year’s festival.