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Sep 3, 2012

The sequins of Carnival King & Queen winners

The MCC Grounds was ram-jammed on Saturday night for this year’s King and Queen Competition for Carnival 2012. There were more than thirty vying for the title of king and queen in both senior and junior divisions. The judge’s scorecard included points or presentation, portrayal and interviews. Hours later, a veteran took home the bragging rights and the cash as King Combo while newcomer Queen Ruby bested others in this year’s senior division. Duane Moody has more details of the competition.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

There was a kaleidoscope of colors and movement as the kings and queens of both senior and junior bands converged on the newly designed stage for the 2012 King & Queen Competition. Thirty-four king and queen competitors in total competed to take home the cash prizes and the title. The four- hour long competition started with preliminary judging and then the revelers took to the stage to bring the costumes to life.

 

Karen Vernon

Karen Vernon, Theatre Director, Institute of Creative Arts

“They actual play of the costume which was worth one hundred and twenty points which was done on stage with the audience there, they were looking for the presentation which was like the dramatic effect, the carnival spirit of the player, movement, mobility and flexibility of costume and portrayal of the costumes theme. So those were generally what they were looking for. In the junior queen competition we had Sunshine Masqueraders and their Queen was the Mayan rain Goddess. For the King, we had Jump Street Posse and that was Prince Kent. For the Senior Queen we had mahogany Masqueraders who came out for the first time as a Senior Band and their queen was Queen Ruby. And for the King competition, we had Mother Nature’s Creation’s King Combo.”

 

Duane Moody

“Tell us about how many kings and queens for the respective junior and senior bands that came out for the competition.”

 

Karen Vernon

“Okay, for the junior queen we had eight costumes; for the king we had six; senior queen we had eleven; and senior king we had nine—a total of thirty-four costumes out there that night.”

 

One of the winners in the Senior Competition was King Combo of Mother Nature’s Creations, Leroy Green.

 

Leroy Green

Leroy Green, Mother Nature’s Creation

“I feel very good to have won it again. I’ve vindicated myself because somehow I think some of the youths in Belize think that to dance a king costume, you have got to be a teenager or in your twenties which is not true. If they would travel and open their minds and go to Trinidad, they would notice that it is mature people dancing the king and queen costume. What I did that was different from them as I always do, I keep telling them to listen to what the rules say; the rules say play the costume, not dance the costume. Dancing the costume and playing the costume are two different things. Playing the costume means that you got to make the costume move like what it is depicting—not getting up there and gyrating and undulating like these guys like to do; that’s not what a king is supposed to get up there and do. Also, when you are dancing the king costume, you have to aware of where the judges are because they are the ones giving the scores. So you have to move to strategic points and see what you are doing.”

 

According to Theatre Director at the Institute of the Creative Arts, Karen Vernon, while there have been improvements in the level of the competition, there is still room for growth.

 

Karen Vernon

“For the King and Queen, some of them have, some of them are still on the same level. As I’ve said in a previous interview, I saw the costumes for the road march were definitely improved, but for the King and Queen, I think there is still some work to be done in the building of the costumes.”

 

The competition is a totally separate and the scores will not influence the winners for the Carnival Road March. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

As mentioned first place for Senior King was Mother’s Nature’s King Combo. Top Queen was first time senior band, Mahogany Masqueraders. They both took home five thousand dollars cash. While second and third place senior winners get three thousand five hundred dollars and two thousand five hundred dollars respectively. In the Junior Competition, Prince Kent of Jump Street Posse topped six others while Sunshine Masqueraders’ Maya Rain Goddess outshined the rest. In the junior category, first place winners received four thousand dollars, while second and third won three and two thousand dollars each, respectively. A highlight of this year’s celebrations is the carnival road march that’s coming up this Saturday, September eighth, which will also be live on this station. 

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1 Response for “The sequins of Carnival King & Queen winners”

  1. Rod says:

    This tha the only kind a marching unu belizeans good fa non sensical kind of things instead a unu march fu unu life and the life a unu picni this tha the only kind a marching unu good FA well all I can say is unu deserve whey unu get Ina this useless pm and gov.

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