Mo Bay deputy mayor says breast competition is just part of the fun at Granville Carnival

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deputy-mayor-michael-troupe.jpgAt this year's Granville Carnival, which is endorsed by Montego Bay deputy mayor Michael Troupe, cash prizes are being awarded to the persons with the best carnival costume,and also for women with the best 'assets'.

While there is talk that it sends a wrong message for the mayor to be endorsing an event such as thisTroupe said he has a committee that is responsible for its planning and execution.

"My understanding is that it is a part of the water party celebrations and was planned by the members of the committee. I also understand that the judging will be handled by persons outside of the community," Troupe told The Star.

When quizzed on the appropriateness of him endorsing such competitions given his public office, the deputy mayor said that he supports the event for the positive changes it has made in the community since its inception.

"It gives them a chance to party and have fun together and builds unity among them and I endorse the event for those reasons."

Troupe said that he did not read the poster carefully and thus was not aware of the segments for which prizes were being offered.

"I just got the poster and uploaded it. Honestly, I did not see the fine print. I'm endorsing the event for the positive changes it has brought to the community over the years and nothing else."

The Granville Annual Carnival Mardi Gras event is scheduled to take place at the Granville Post Office. A road march is set to signal the start of the festivities as persons are expected to march from Cars-to-Go in Catherine Hall.