Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2020. 1:02 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Senior Carnival band Titans Mas Band has announced it will pull out of all Carnival-associated events this year, even without a formal decision on continuing the annual event which is part of the country’s traditional September Celebrations.
Posting on social media the band explained, “Given the times and the uncertainty, we’ve made necessary decisions in the best interest of our band and members. We appreciate the continuous support from our members, partners and sponsors, and we thank you for your understanding.”
The formal statement explains that while the band had begun planning its participation in this year’s Carnival, having selected a theme and designs, the uncertainty and crisis of COVID-19 would have a profound effect, it acknowledged, on its members’ priorities and efforts to participate.
Titans announced it will be back next year, having faith the worst of COVID-19 will be behind us by then.
There has been no formal announcement from the September Celebrations Commission or National Institute of Culture and History about plans for the September Celebrations, the annual observances of St. George’s Caye Day and Independence Day 11 days apart. While the State of Emergency expires without renewal on June 30 as announced by Government today, that does not preclude a return before September. It is expected that social distancing and mask-wearing will continue, which would alleviate safety concerns somewhat, but the economic recession hanging over the country may prove an even greater burden for promoters, performers and ordinary people looking to take in many of the traditional events of September such as the parades, ceremonies, Expo, Carnival and others.
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