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Nov 1, 2006

Carnival Association presents awards

Story PictureToday the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Carnival Association officially closed Carnival 2006 by presenting awards to winners of the various competitions. In the carnival road march Erotic Mas band received a total of five thousand dollars after it captured first place in the senior category. In the junior division, Mahogany Masqueraders earned three thousand dollars. Senior carnival king is Brent Hamilton who took home a cash prize of three thousand dollars, while an equal amount was awarded to Anita Hamilton who was chosen as senior carnival queen. In the junior category both Ashmon Wiltshire of Mahogany Masqueraders and Jump Street Posse’s Veronica Flores each received cheques for two thousand dollars. First place in the senior group category went to Mother Nature’s Creation which was awarded six hundred dollars. The winning junior group was Jump Street Posse with a prize of five hundred dollars. According to Carnival chairman Patrick Thompson, despite a late start, carnival 2006 was a success and next year the festivities will be even better.

Patrick Thompson, Chairman, Belize Carnival Association
?The judges they look for numerous things. They look for durability of the costumes, which they had different judging points at different areas of the road march itself, the energy that the children bring out and the beautification of the costume. Now for the king and queen there were two different judging which the judges had a pre-judging that was taken behind stage where the participant had to interact with the judges and telling them what their costume was and the story behind their costume. Then there was the on-stage presentation where the contestant presented themselves to the audience. It was a good experience. Everything didn?t go as planned because as I said we were all new to it, but I guarantee to everybody that next year will be bigger and better.?

At the closing ceremony a special plaque was presented to the family of the late Shawn Mckoy who made numerous contributions to carnival in Belize.

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