On Sunday 14 February 2021, a group of culture-conscious individuals known as the Creative Minds will participate in the Pandemic Historical Walk. They’ve dubbed it ‘In Solidarity with the World’ in honour of the World Health Organization (WHO) and all frontline workers fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
It will also serve as an opportunity to showcase Trinidad and Tobago’s rich culture, boost the country’s tourism industry and promote health awareness as the world battles the pandemic. In the absence of Carnival 2021, the Pandemic Historical Walk is expected to cement its place in the world’s carnival calendar. The event’s project manager is business development/tourism consultant Simone Claxton, who underscored the importance of celebrating cultural diversity and showing solidarity with the world.
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The event will begin with a brief ceremony outside of the San Fernando City Hall in the presence of the Mayor and featuring the National Anthem played on steel pan.
Supporters include Curwin Callender of Universal Safety Network, calypsonian Mc Morris Edwards of Culture Pulse Studio/Birds Calypso Tent and Cosmic Vision team members. There will be stilt-walking and other cultural performances by the San Fernando-based school of art, sport and culture founded by ‘culture icon’ Junior Bisnath. Established 25 years ago to train youth in the arts, Kaisokah Moko Jumbies specialise in the art of stilt-walking.
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The stilt walkers will cover the 40 miles from San Fernando to Port-of-Spain in relay style, with all Covid-19 protocols observed. They’ll be accompanied by soca and calypso music courtesy of Mc Morris Edwards plus 14 banners that reflect WHO’s messages leading us into a healthy recovery from Covid-19. On arrival at Queen’s Park Savannah a special tribute will be paid to Junior Bisnath.