Monday, February 16, 2009

New regulations leave blue devils in quandary

Published: February 15th, 2009

Blue devil exponents fear the tradition could be outlawed, because of stipulations contained in the Carnival Regulations Act. The recently-published document is said to restrict certain practices associated with old-time Carnival characters. Veteran blue devil player, Ashton Fournillier, leader of a Paramin band, questioned, on Saturday, the restrictions.

“It seems as though we cannot smear or dab any person with a substance and intimidate to obtain money or anything like that. And that is exactly what the blue devil does,” he said in an interview. “We come out; we try to corner you...You must pay the devil. “And the law of T&T is the law of T&T wherever you are, which says that you cannot do that.”

Fournillier said he received subventions from several Government ministers for his portrayals of blue devils over the years. “So, we need to know that the blue devils could still get money, block a vehicle on the road Carnival Monday and Tuesday or obtain money from the people. “That is exactly what we do. So, if you pay the devil, you don’t go to hell,” he added. “The law just pass on the 16th of last month by the President....No naked flames and we cannot blow fire in public places, on the streets. So, now they saying that we won’t be able to do that. Those are our major concerns.”

Trinidad and Tobago Guardian

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