Pan and Powder Steelband Parade

HADCO Phase II Pan Groove wows at Pan Trinbago’s Pan and Powder Parade

Downtown Port-of-Spain was the place to be on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 for all those seeking a good time via the sweet sounds of steel along the capital city’s streets. Popularly known as Pan and Powder, Pan Trinbago’s annual steelband parade made a grand return to this year’s schedule of activities for World Steelpan Month since its halt in 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Our very own HADCO Phase II Pan Groove was amongst the eight (8) bands that participated in the event, which saw revellers dousing themselves in baby powder and various shades of body paint. In response to a call from Pan Trinbago for all supporters to wear white, it was truly a spectacular sight to behold as the pavements transformed into a sea of white, made even more memorable by the diversity and energy of the music.

HADCO Phase II Pan Groove used the opportunity to publicly pay tribute to two (2) of its fallen soldiers with a ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe rendition of Amazing Grace. They were the late Barry Howard, one of the six co-founders of the orchestra and long-time friend and supporter, the late Victor Babu Samuel of Halcyon Steel Orchestra, Antigua.

Figure 2: HADCO Phase II Pan Groove on the drag at the Queen’s Park Savanah for Pan and Powder 2022 (Image courtesy of Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra).


Figure 3: Cross-section of the crowd at the Queen’s Park Savannah during BP Renegades’ performance (Image courtesy BP Renegades Steel Orchestra)