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RJR has announced that “due to a number of circumstances”, it has decided to not participate in J’ouvert 2016.

“ RJR prides itself on its ability to deliver a high-quality, professionally-organised and above all clean and safe experience for its revellers, and we do not feel that those objectives can be guaranteed this year,” the band said in a statement.

“We are of the view that there needs to be a collective review by all stakeholders regarding the quality, control, morality and ethics in carnival and for entertainment generally,” the band said.

RJR said it is pleased that Vincy Mas and the quantity of entertainment is on the rise.

“However true potential and optimisation will only be achieved when we pause, reflect, plan and effect positive change in some of the above mentioned ideals.”

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“RJR takes this opportunity to say a hearty thank you to all sponsors, patrons and workers over the last 19 years and ask that you prepare for our 20th anniversary celebration in 2017.

“Although we won’t be with you this year we know that you will continue to support our motto which over the last 19 years should be seared into your minds and support and promote. ” A whole lot of clean fun”

“Happy and safe Carnival,” the band said.