Veteran masquerader Roland St George was crowned King of the Bands early yesterday morning after a stiff competition that was filled with ties and extremely close tie-breakers. St Georgeâ€™s dazzling portrayal of Ralliez-Vous A Mon Panache prevented celebrated mas designer Brian Mac Farlane from a total sweep in this yearâ€™s Kings and Queens competition.
MacFarlaneâ€™s King, Malak Yahwehâ€”The Praying Mantis, portrayed by Gerard Weekes, was three points behind St George in second place.
However, Mac Farlaneâ€™s Queen, Mother of Humanityâ€”The Weeping Madonna, portrayed by Charisse Bovell placed first place in that competition. The competitions, organised by the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA), were part of Carnival Sunday nightâ€™s gala Dimanche Gras show at the Queenâ€™s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. St Georgeâ€™s black and silver costume of shimmering metallic foil, reflected the lights at the Queenâ€™s Park Savannah magnificently and captured the attention of spectators and judges. Bovellâ€™s all white, intricately-designed costume was hand-crafted using natural materials.
Roxanne Omalo, 65, of Sangre Grande, placed second among the Queens with Last Dance of the Enchanted Witches. The elaborate costume featured on-board pyrotechnics, special effects lighting and a smoke machine. Nine-time Carnival King Curtis Eustace had to settle for third place with D Midnight Messenger, the largest of all the costumes in the competition. Last yearâ€™s Carnival King, Wayne Madray, placed eighth in the ten-man competition with Flight of Conscience. San Fernando student Adrian Young was a surprise on the night with his portrayal of The Crow in which he seemed to fly around the stage balancing nimbly on stilts. Young placed fourth. South-based masquerader Rose Marie Kuru Jagessar with Wachiwiâ€”I Dream of a Bustle Dancer placed third in the Queens competition.
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