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Sep 8, 2014

Carnival King & Queen 2014 – the Highlights…

It all leads to the road march this coming weekend. But on Saturday night, an extravagant show of stunning and colorful creations overwhelmed revelers as a record number of Bands competed for the King and Queen of the 2014 carnival. The elaborate outfits were judged on various points from artistic design to movement adding up to a total score of two hundred points. In the end, bands with years of experience pulled it off to be crowned king and queen of this year’s carnival. Duane Moody captured the splendor of the competition.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The battle of the giant costumes for the 2014 Carnival Season took place this Saturday at the Roger’s Stadium in Belize City. Each of the fourteen bands entered two of their most elaborate and colorful costumes to be judged in the King and Queen Competition. The royalties were judged for details in design, theme and construction and for movement/flexibility and durability for a total of two hundred points. President of the Carnival Association, Patrick Thompson explains.

 

Patrick Thompson

Patrick Thompson, President, Carnival Association

“Earlier at five we had the prejudging which worth eight points out of the two hundred for this competition. This is where the judging was looking for how well the dancer speaks of the costume, knows of the costume. Now as you can hear from the MC, we are now in the stage of the costume where the judges will be looking at the movement of the costume, the mobility; how well the dancer presents the costume. The winner is not how good the dancer can dance; it is how well the person can present the costume to the audience and the judges. And that competition is worth a hundred and twenty points. The judges don’t want to see the dancer pull or drag the costume. You lose points if you pull or drag the costume. They are looking at the costume; you need to present the costume. You can also lose points if your costume is not sturdy enough; if you are dancing on stage and your costume falls apart, you can lose points as well.”

 

Just after seven p.m., part two of the King and Queen Competition got underway. All twenty-eight kings and queens took to the stage gyrating to the latest soca tunes; bringing their giant costumes to life. Their aim was to gain maximum points with the three judges and win the title as king and queen of the respective categories.

 

The juniors were first….

 

{Highlights of the juniors performing}

 

…and then the adults showcased their elaborate costumes.

 

{Highlights of the seniors performing}

 

The scores were tallied and the winners for the junior competition were announced:

 

{Announcement of winners for junior category}

 

Jump Street Posse’s King and Queen took the top spot in the junior category. Organizer and Band Leader, Marina Welcome, says the hard work paid off.

 

Marina Welcome

Marina Welcome, Band Leader, Jump Street Posse

“I shed my tears tonight for all my thirty years in Carnival. I think I did an extra effort this year thanks to Minister Herman Longsworth, Douglas Singh, Simon Quan…there is so much people that helped me this year. Some of them did not give a big portion, but I appreciate every dollar that they gave. The dollar that they gave paid off. We worked hard, we practiced hard. The King and Queen practice every day after the band practice…they practice for like two, three hours. Sometimes they cry and frustrated because Miss Marina you want too much, but tonight now they are so happy…everybody see everything pays off. My winning Queen is Princess Mia…Princess of the Amazon. If the judges looked at that and didn’t see the Amazon, something was wrong. She had something special about her.   Both of them, it is their first time…it is the first time they came up for King and Queen. He said, I don’t think I can do it Miss Marina because he is kinda knock-knee. And I told him don’t worry about that, I see it in you and I know you can do it. And we drilled him, the parents help and hey we are successful tonight…thanks to everybody.”

 

Unlike the juniors, the King and Queen for the senior category were split between Mother Nature’s Creations and Erotic Mas Band. Both bands are celebrating their tenth year of participation in Carnival and brought out well-crafted costumes that came to life on stage. Mother Nature’s King is Roy Briceño.

 

Roy Briceño

Roy Briceño, King, Mother Nature’s Creation

“I feel very excited and honor about capturing that title of Carnival King 2014.”

 

Duane Moody

“Tell us about the work you put in to get to this point.”

 

Roy Briceño

“Well I must say it was a lot of work put into this costume. It was the Mother Nature Creation working team as well as Nelson Canul who helped put in a lot of work into this costume. So I wanna thank all of them and the Mother Nature Creation working team; they did an awesome job on this costume.”

 

Meanwhile, forty-five year old Anita Hamilton was a true royalty on stage with her gold and white regalia.

 

Anita Hamilton

Anita Hamilton, Erotic Mas Band

“We dah noh Johnny come lately; I have been in this business some eighteen years or so. I have a lot of guidance from our designer, David Matus, assistant Roberto and Raul Villaneuva…they know the pros and cons. We have a lot of support as it pertains to Erotic Mas Band. Other than that, it is just preparation, physically. You know, I am forty-five, you just have to be prepared.”

 

Duane Moody

“Of course, you won for queen, your king came second, motivation it is for the carnival road march next week Saturday?”

 

Anita Hamilton

“Of course, sure. This is just the start of that button. A press of that button and we are off.”

 

First place winners in each category won four thousand dollars cash. Second place won three thousand dollars each while third place won two thousand dollars. Reporting for News Five, I am Duane Moody.

 

Our coverage of carnival 2014 begins at noon this Saturday.  We’ll have all the highlights from start to finish of the road march. 

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