Bakhtin wrote: “Carnival is a pageant without floodlights and without a division into performers and spectators.”



Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) Russian philosopher, literary critic, semiotician, and the putative “father of Carnival Studies.”


“Carnival Proclamation”, the title of a Lord Melody composition. Melody [aka Fitzroy Alexander] was born in Trinidad to a Grenadian mother.

A handful of Melody’s calypsoes were performed and recorded by Harry Belafonte. Harry Belafonte Calypso
Belafonte’s likeness is featured on a Grenadian postage stamp.

Melody’s “Carnival Proclamation”

THE public is hereby warned that the following acts constitute offences against the law:-
(a) Celebrating the Carnival before 6.00 a.m.on the Monday preceding Shrove Tuesday or after midnight on Shrove Tuesday;
(b) Lighting or keeping light any bonfire in any public place on the Sunday preceding the Carnival or on the night of the Monday preceding Shrove Tuesday commonly known as CANNES BRULEE
(c) Singing of indecent , immoral or libelous songs;
(d) Carrying of whips , sticks , or other offensive weapons;
(e) Dressing or disguising as a person of the opposite sex;
(f) Blowing of any noisy instruments (including conch shells) BETWEEN MIDNIGHT  on the Saturday preceding the Carnival and 6.00 a.m. on the Monday of Carnival.
Government Office
St. George’s

27th February, 1957

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