For years there’s been a subliminal divide taking place in Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival. It’s been blamed, for the most part on the crime situation and the need for better mechanisms to deal with pick pocketing and other petty crimes in fetes. Hiking up prices and of course, delivering the now norm, all-incliusive fete, was devised by major event promoters, among them Tribe Carnival, Island People Mas and of course, various denominational schools that host carnival fetes to raise funds for their schools annually. On the weekend, Trinidad and Tobago’s Queen of Bacchanal, Destra Garcia chose a rather unexpected forum to express her disdain for this new practice. She vented in Jamaica.

“Move the fence. I’m not performing if the fence doesn’t come down,” she reportedly insisted, after hitting the stage at Bacchanal J’Ouvert in St. Andrew, Jamaica last Friday. She had stormed off the stage an hour into her set at the high energy fete and from backstage, she asked the crowd whether the fence that separated the VIP and General areas, had been removed, to which they responded saying. “Nooooo!”

According to The Jamaica Observer, Garcia only returned to her performance after a 20 minute standoff and some consultation with police. The paper reported that part of the fence, nearest to the front of the stage, had been removed. She told the Jamaica newspaper, “Soca music is a music that unites all. Nobody cares how much money you have in the bank. Everybody jumps and dances with everybody.”

Bacchanal J’ouvert Director Michael Ammar Jr. told the Observer that Garcia would be back next year. He described her set as good but the stance taken on stage, he coined, ‘bad judgement’.