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Oct 7, 2014

2014 Carnival Designers Recognized

The September carnival is now behind us, but there are side events that continue to take the spotlight. This Monday, the National Carnival Commission decided on who are the most outstanding designers of the elaborate and glitzy carnival costumes during the road march. The durability of the costumes and creativity of the designers also came into play.  News Five’s Duane Moody has a report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Aside from the Machel Montano concert three weeks ago, the 2014 Carnival Road March in Belize City could very well be described as the epic event of the September calendar this year. A total of fourteen bands participated in the road march and in the end, Jump Street Posse and Erotic Mas Band won first place in the junior and senior categories, respectively.

But aside from winning the road march, there are several distinctions made for designer of the year for 2014 and on Monday, the Belize National Carnival Commission announced the winners of the title.

 

Karen Vernon

Karen Vernon, Committee Member, Belize National Carnival Commission

“That is picked from the mas camp visits that the judges do before carnival and the theme depiction on carnival day; this is during carnival. Both scores are tallied and the person with the highest score wins. This year for junior, it was Marina Welcome for Jump Street Posse and David Matus from Erotic Mas Band winning best designer of the year in the junior and senior categories. For the mas camp visits, they were looking for the durability of the costumes, the creativity. During carnival it was the theme depiction; each group had to submit a theme and from that the judges had to make sure that they were depicting that on the day. So it was the colorfulness of the costume, creativity; again durability, making sure that the costumes last the entire carnival.”

 

Marina Welcome of Jump Street Posse won for the theme: Mystical Warriors of the Amazon.

 

Marina Welcome

Marina Welcome, Organizer, Jump Street Posse [File: September 3rd, 2014]

“The first theme is Princess Mia and the Amazon Warriors. You know when you go into the rainforest you gotta fantasize a little bit in Belize rainforest and stepping into the rainforest, you will meet Princess Mia and the warriors. They become the Amazon warriors because in their time, the females were separated from the males; they only meet when they are mating and that’s why they are the warriors. When you go deeper into the rainforest, it won’t be a rainforest without any beautiful flowers and stuff like that right. So that’s how we come up with the black orchid, the butterflies, the lilies, the red bells….that’s what you gonna meet in the rain forest. And when go a little bit deeper now, a rainforest cannot be a rainforest without Zulus. So that is when you gonna meet Kamandela the King and his warriors, the Zulus.”

 

Duane Moody

“Tell us about going into the competition this year, how secure you feel with regards to making sure you are sticking to the criteria while still being creative with it.”

 

Marina Welcome

“I mean to say you can see what I got and I am very confident in what I do. My costumes are unique; they are original. As you see it, you know exactly what you are watching. So have a lot of confidence in that.”

 

…And David Matus for his intricate designs in “Enlightenment.”

 

David Matus

David Matus, Designer, Erotic Mas Band [September 4th, 2014]

“We have four sections, we have two designers this year—myself and Roberto who has been working to make sure the band happens this year. We have many changes in the costume this year; a whole different story…it is not a Belizean thing, it is something out of the box. We’re bringing everything different…We are erotic. There is no question of what we are bringing and we go far beyond what the others do. In King and Queens, we send up real king and queens. The costumes are detailed, detailed costume and they speak for themselves.”

 

The Carnival Road March song of the year is selected from amongst entries from the National Song Competition. It is awarded to the song deemed as being the most played, most requested, and most popular song for carnival 2014. This year the prize was awarded to “Carnival Di Come,” by Ernestine Carballo.

 

Karen Vernon

“There is a road march song of the year category and this is picked from the national song competition that got the most plays, the most requests during carnival, during the mas camps, on the radio and all that. So we called some DJs, some promoters; we got their pick for that and the mas camp visits, the person’s song that was played the most. The person who was prominent in the mas camp visits and on carnival day. So the winner for that category was Ernestine Carballo for carnival di come.”

 

Each of the winners took home one thousand dollars cash and a trophy. Duane Moody for News Five.

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