winning couple: Bandleader Ronnie McIntosh and his wife, Caroline, dance on South Quay, Port of Spain, on Carnival Tuesday, in De River Come Down. Their presentation won the Large Band and Band of the Year titles for downtown Port of Spain —Photo: ANISTO ALVES

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Ronnie and Caro tops downtown

McIntosh claims Large Band, Band of the Year with ‘De River Come Down’

By Kim Boodram

RONNIE and Caro The Mas Band has taken the Large Band and Band of the Year titles for downtown Port of Spain Carnival 2014.
The downtown Carnival 2014 results were announced yesterday by Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee, at City Hall.
Ronnie and Caro, led by Ronnie McIntosh, took top honours for De River Come Down while second place went to Trini Revellers with The Sultan’s Palace, led by David Cameron.
Legacy, led by Mike “Big Mike” Antoine and Juliet de la Bastide, placed third with Nature’s Touch.
Placing first in the Medium Band category was K2K Alliance and Partners, led by Kathy and Karen Norman, with The Rise of Sanctuary.
In second place, also in that category, was Earl Crosby and Ann Marie Placide’s Just Wee and Friends with Ziegfield Follies, and placing third was D Krewe and Company Ltd, led by Roland St George, with Saga of the Open Seas.
In the Small Band section, Tribal Connection Cultural Promotions, led by Cheryl Clarke Williams and presenting Before the Europeans Came, claimed first place.
In second place was Gerard Weekes’ Mas Passion with Ta­ban­ca, and standing third was Rosalind Gabriel Village Production, led by Rosalind Gabriel, with Festival of Colour.
Placing first in the Mini Band category was Rhapsody in Blue, led by Joel Mark Felicien, with Blood Snipers.
Taking Large Band on Monday was White Oak Starlift Steel Orchestra with Fashionable China.
In second place was Trini Revellers and third pace went to Showtime Trinidad, led by Godfrey Enile, with The Awakening of Mas.
First in the Medium Band category was Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra, led by Beresford Hunt, with Sailors Ashore in a Tropical Fiesta.
First place in Small Band went to Tribal Connection Cultural Promotion, second place to Rosalind Gabriel Village Production and in third pace was Belmont Exotic Stylist, led by Ancil McLean, with The Saga of Jason.
Chairman of the Downtown Car­nival Committee, councillor Wendell Stephen said yesterday Carnival 2014 was, in spite of its anticipated hiccups, a huge success.
Stephen rated the event as one of the safest to come off in years and said he personally commen­ded National Security Minister Gary Griffith and acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams when they visited downtown on Monday.
“This year, we saw all the big bands downtown. We saw Harts pass through downtown for the first time in years,” Stephen said.
“I think this year was a success. Yes, there were some difficulties, but even with the Junior Parade of the Bands, we managed to have the children parade up Frederick Street to the Queen’s Park Savannah, and it worked well. We hope to get the police to agree to the same route next year.”
Stephen also praised the Port of Spain City Corporation’s sanitation workers and employees, with the Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) for working around the clock to make sure citizens were greeted with a clean capital on Ash Wed­nesday, yesterday.
“They did amazing work,” Stephen said.
“You wouldn’t have thought that there were two days of Carnival here.”
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