Parading as “Quars Al Sahara Desert Sting”, a massive scorpion, from Legacy Mas band’s Nature’s Touch Wade Madray walked away with the King of Carnival title on Big Friday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Led by a smaller version of a scorpion, Madray came on stage in last position with his massive costume which featured lights on the body of the insect.
While the tail stood about 20 feet in the air, the claws of the scorpion were manipulated by the masquerader and showed predatory movements.
Interestingly, the costume which paraded before Madray was called “Scorpion King”.
Peola Marchan took the Queen of Carnival title with her portrayal of “Zamara, Mirage of the Oasis” from Trini Revellers band, The Sultan’s Palace, another massive costume depicting the image of an oasis in the desert.
There was less movement in this costume but the colours were captivating.
Ten Kings and ten Queens paraded before the judges in both categories vying for the prestigious titles.
Madray and Marchan won the titles in 2011 with “Pacific Tsunami” and “D Jeweled Chandelier”, respectively.
“Big Friday” proved to be an entertaining show as ten junior Kings and Queens also paraded before the judges in search of titles.
Cyan Lue Sue portraying “Angel of Buccoo” took the Junior Queen title beating out T’Shaun Billouin’s “Cannes Brulees-Cane Fire Burning” by 16 points.
Nikkita Katwaroo portraying “Queen of the Ocean” came in third, five points behind, while Brianna Depeaza with “Amitola-Goddess of the Rainbow-A Tribute to Stephen Dereck” was fourth.
“The Mystical Creature from the Deep” by Ashley Rambharose came in fifth.
Gyasi Philbert took the title of Junior King of Carnival with his portrayal of “Promise of the Rainbow”.
He was closely followed by Bradley Rambhrose with “Oil Spill in the Sea”.
Akeem Lemessy danced his way into third place with a costume called “Dance Mandela Dance” while “The Aztec Eagle Warrior” portrayed by Jardel Aguillera placed fourth.
The Junior and Senior Queens danced on stage to the music of 3Veni with lead vocals by 2014 Chutney Soca Monarch Kris “KI” Persad and Neval Chatelal.
After the competitions, the Alternative Quartet together with Natalia Dopwell paid tribute to Trinidad and Tobago’s first international artist, Michel-Jean Cazabon. The Metamorphosis and Jhoti Sona Dance companies danced as they all revealed 19th century dress and traditions. This was dedicated to 200 years of Cazabon.
After her victory Marchan said she is a veteran in the business, having done it for 18 years. And while it takes hard work to reach this stage it is always a pleasure to come out a winner, she added.
This year’s “Big Friday” was a marked improvement from last year.
The programme was well put together, there was a live stream and it attracted a good crowd.
Angel of The Buccoo Cyan Lue Sue 444
Cannes Bruleees-Cane Fire Burning T’Shaun Billouin 418
Queen of the Ocean Nikkita Katwaroo 413
Goodess of the Rainbow Brianna Depeaza 391
Mystical Creature from the Deep Ashley Rambharose 389
Music Under the Stars Ivana Mohammed 389
Jus De Fruits Tropicaux Vaughnecia Mieres 386
Butterfly Fantasy Legen Julien 378
Mother of the Pitch Lake Arianna Agostini 375
The Crystal Lake of Serengeti Alyssa Yearwood 369
Promise of the Rainbow Gyasi Philbert 409
Oil Spill in the Sea Bradley Rambhorose 404
Dance Mandela Dance Akeem Lemessy 401
Aztec Eagle Warrior Jardel Aguillera 399
Legend of the Pitch Lake Armando Sham Poo 398
Junkanoo Jamboree Denzil Patrick Jennings 398
Sea Fun So Michael Barnes 397
Dancing Dragon King Kriston Chandler 397
Ju Ju Warrior Akeel Superville 390
The Great Shaman Keegan Farrell 384
Mirage of the Oasis Peola Marchan 427
A Phenomenon of Light Tamika George 408
African Drum Dancer Laura Rampersad 402
Burrokeet Woman Kay Mason 402
High Noon on the Comanchero
Sacred Grounds Raevon Atherton 398
Bonds of Unity Tracell Frederick 398
Rise of the Mystic Phoenix Alendra Bailey 395
We Beat Pan Music Gloria Dallsingh 392
Indeera Mother of India Denesha Jennings 380
The Unusual Beauty Cherry-Ann Patrice Valere 366
Desert King Wade Madray 431
Lord of Chaos Curtis Eustace 426
The Serpent Charmer Ravi Lackhan 424
De Tornado Ronald Blaize 421
After Earth Glen Dave Lakhan 408
Monkey Know Which Tree To Climb Ted Eustace 407
What Lies Beneath Faried Carvalho 400
Scorpion King Earl Beckles 394
Madiba Heart of a Worrior Zinool Mohammed 388
Poseido Comin Clyde Bascombe 380