Former Arima Junior Queen of Carnival Nikkita Katwaroo on Tuesday won the 2012 National Junior Queen of Carnival, with her portrayal of "Gold Rush" from the band, The Colours of Jewels, Gems and Precious Metals, at the final of the competition, which took place at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
Scoring 429 points, Katwaroo beat her 14 opponents to earn the title on a night when the Junior Queens proved much more impressive than the Senior Kings, who competed in their semifinal round of competition in the Kings of Carnival competition.
Masquerading before the judges and less than 400 patrons seated in the Grand Stand, the majority of the 20 kings received very little reaction or applause from the audience as they crossed the stage.
Among the kings that did create an impact and bring the Grand Stand to life was Gerard Weekes, with his portrayal, "Malak Yahweh - The Praying Mantis" from MacFarlane Carnival, which topped the standings with a score of 443 points.
Weekes went into the semis in first place, having scored highest in the preliminary round, and now he enters Sunday's final during Dimanche Gras.
The night's competition progressed smoothly for the most part, with only one mishap when Glen Dave Lakhan's costume, "Sankofa Dingolay", seemed to malfunction. The costume featured a sailor in white, with a skulled head above it.
Midway through Lakhan's presentation, the skull fell to the stage and, without missing a beat, he picked it up and put it on his head as a mask. The audience cheered him on as he made his way off the stage. Unfortunately, Lakhan did not make it to the final.