Let’s be honest; #EDUCATIONisKEY.
In my opinion, there is only so much more barricading and effort the FMC can put forth to help prevent non-masqueraders (i.e. Stormers) from invading the band and disrupting the presentation. They even went as far as to utilize the Indy Fences this year, designed to prevent any spectator injury when those cars crash and parts go flying; and on Carnival Saturday stormers were still bold enough to breach that, to cut through that, to climb over that. If we intend to keep the carnival on streets as we know it, it’s now time for us to ALL DO OUR PART.
Head over to the new @tomasplayers facebook page and check out the “Educational Campaign: #RESPECTdeMAS #SUPPORTtheCULTURE” photo album, “highlighting the details, creativity, dedication and great ingenuity of Caribbean carnival culture,” aimed at helping to reinforce WHY WEST INDIAN/CARIBBEAN CULTURE SHOULD BE RESPECTED.
Educate yourselves, Educate each other. Take an active level of pride in your own culture. To quote the President of the TMBA on Sun Aug 17th Special Episode of #SocaTherapy w/ Dr Jay the Soca Prince, “recognize the festival that you like, and stop killing the festival that you like; cause when it is gone, it gone.” - Bryce Aguiton, President of the Toronto Mas Bands Association (TMBA)