Veteran masman dies
The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism has expressed sadness about the death yesterday of Geraldo Vieira Snr, a former King of Carnival, masquerader and mas craftsman.
"Up until the time of his death, Vieira was an executive member of the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA), and more specifically the representative for the "King" category of entrants. He worked tirelessly in the service of the Association and the people of Trinidad and Tobago," the ministry said in a statement yesterday.
"Many members of the mas' fraternity are aware of the senior craftsman's extensive involvement in masquerade and mas'-making, which spanned more than 50 years. Since producing Fruits and Flowers in 1959 with popular mas' designer 'Cito' Velasquez (deceased), Mr Vieira went on to work in every imaginable area of expertise within the sphere of Carnival masquerade."
In 2006, he copped the King of Carnival title with his portrayal of The Might of Rome from the band, Trini Revellers.
"While he may have won the title on one occasion only, history and the collective memory will always celebrate Mr Vieira's production skills and direct input into innumerable Kings and Queens of grandeur to have crossed the festival stage locally and internationally," the ministry said.