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Masqueraders play in sun, rain
CHARLES KONG SOO
Masqueraders had their Carnival Kingdom while parading in front the judges through hot sun and rain at Victoria Square, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
And Machel Montano and Super Blue’s Soca Kingdom was the Road March frontrunner at the venue, followed by Iwer George’s Savannah and Patrice Roberts’ Sweet Fuh Days.
The momentum kept building throughout the day with small and medium bands, including Minstrels, Jangala, Mas Passion, Escape, Paparazzi, Amazon, Wild, The Lost Underworld, Image Nation and War Party crossing the new Victoria Square judging point from as early as 7.30 am.
Last year, the National Carnival Commission (NCC) replaced Adam Smith Square with Victoria Square as a judging point.
As they were mainly small and medium bands the masqueraders slowed the pace down after they crossed the judges’ tent and waited for the last of their band members to cross.
There was a lull until just after noon when big band Harts’ Shimmer and Lace crossed in front the judges. The revellers came out to have fun foremost and didn’t seem to be in their sections. Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat played mas in the band.
The second large band to cross the stage was last year’s national large band winners Ronnie and Caro with The Chequered Board. The black and white patterned and coloured feathers of the masqueraders in the first section were in stark contrast to the brightly-plumed revellers who followed.
There were more spectators in the stands and on the road than on Monday yesterday. But the only “misbehaviour” came from a few mas players wining in front the fence near the judges. There was a visible presence of police on the route and masqueraders and onlookers alike had a healthy respect for the mounted police who kept order on the sides of the road.
National Panorama championships bpTT Renegades and third place Desperadoes also crossed the stage to the delight of their fans and the crowds.
At 2 pm, Legacy’s We Jammin Still took the stage at with Juliet de la Bastide and “war chief” Big Mike Antoine heralding their arrival. Some of the individual costumes were almost as wide as the street, but were “danced” expertly in front the judges.
It was the most choreographed band on the day, as Antoine instructed his band members to raise their right hand and go from one side of the pavement to the next side in front the judges.
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