Friday, July 3, 2015

‘Sting’, ‘Oasis’ take Carnival crowns

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‘big tail’: Gyasi Pilbert copped the Junior King of Carnival title with his presentation “Promise of the Rainbow” at the finals held at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Friday night. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

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CAPTIVATING COLOURS: “Angel of the Buccoo” portrayed by Cyan Lue Sue copped the Junior Queen of Carnival title at the finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, on Friday night. —Photo: GARY CARDINEZ

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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.



 



 



The results:



 



Juniors: Queen



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



 



Juniors: King



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



 



Senior Queens



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



 



Senior Kings



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