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Sep 7, 2015

A Look at the Carnival King & Queen Competition

There was only standing room available at Roger’s Stadium on Saturday for revelers of the anticipated King and Queen Competition. After long hours of judging, the results were finally in for the winners in the senior and junior bands who had impressed a panel of international judges. Duane Moody has a report on how the bands attempted to outdo each other in their costumes as their dance moves.


David Matus, C.E.O./Designer, Titans

“I think we had movement, we had detailing which is very important. We had the players did their part; the story was at the right. We couldn’t get anything better than what we have tonight. So we are very proud of the performance and the whole team that put this together. And we are just ready for road march now.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

Titans took the top spot for the senior division of the King and Queen Competition, while in the junior category, Jump Street Posse and Mahogany Masqueraders win the king and queen titles, respectively. That was the result after some seven hours of the battle of the giant costumes. But while the win has no bearing on the Carnival Road March on Saturday, September twelfth, it gives the bands that boost in spirit for the bacchanal. So what were the judges looking for?


Sandra Mahler, President, Carnival Association

“The bands have brought out their king and queen for the judges to judge them because on carnival day, the kings and queens are not judged. So we have this separate event where the kings and queens are not judged.”


Sandra Mahler

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about the criteria and what really happens tonight?”


Sandra Mahler

“Tonight the judges are looking for their creativity in terms of originality; they are going to look for the durability of the costume; the appearance of the costume and they are also going to be looking for the carnival spirit within the costume. So they will have to be dancing the costume.”


A total of two hundred points were up for grabs – eighty points during the prejudging that looked at the durability, creativity and construction of the mega costumes. And then sixty percent of the points were on the presentation, where the dancers would play the costumes—essentially bringing them to life.


The juniors were first to take the stage. Of the six bands, five kings and seven queens competed because Mahogany Masqueraders fielded a second queen instead of a king. The hibiscus was impeccably made and won the section as junior queen.


Nadia Avila

Nadia Avila, Band Leader, Mahogany Masqueraders

“It feels great all because of the fact that we are dealing with kids and although the sponsorship is not there, fundraising help and I have good parents. It is due to the parents and the willingness of the kids, that gives me the motivation and encouragement to do what I do for them. So I am grateful for the win.”


Marion Alamilla, Junior Queen, Mahogany Masqueraders

“It feels great because it is my first time this year so doing it for the first time and winning first place is a great feeling.”


Marion Alamilla

Duane Moody

“Now we know that the breeze was taking control of the costume. How was it for you being able to manage that and still put off a great show?”


Marion Alamilla

“I got great tips from Miss Nadia; she helped me through everything, she coached me through everything and I just managed that way.”


Woodrow West, played by Marina Welcome’s Jump Street Posse captured the title as junior king. It gave homage to the national football team, the Belize Jaguars. The band also won second place for the junior queen competition. Welcome believes it is an indication that she will retain the title as Carnival Road March junior champ.


Marina Welcome

Marina Welcome, Band Leader, Jump Street Posse

“It’s a lot of hard work. I was worried mostly about the king costume because it was a little heavy, but he kept saying Miss Marina noh worry about it; I wah work with it, I wah work with it and boy he came through. And I am happy. My queen, she did a fantastic job too; I cannot let her down. She was queen last year, we came second and I am good. They will see some fantastic costume for the road march especially the revelers behind her costume. It is colorful; it is very colorful so we are coming for a win for that also. We have the football team and we have Princess Hope who is in silver and red trying to stop the lot of tears in Belize. So let’s give peace a chance.”


Although there are eight senior bands in this year’s carnival road march, only seven bands made it to the king and queen competition; Rampage Mas Band did not show up. However, the senior division of the battle of the giant costumes was a real brain-buster. The intricacy and detailing of the costumes were impressive and the dancers waited patiently into the night for their turn to mash up the stage and indeed, it was a battle.  A moon queen, a vase of sunflowers, a Trojan horse ,king musafa, king matabo and even Nelson Mandela—a total of fourteen kings and queens made presentations and at one a.m. when the winners were announced, Titans would take first place as the King and Queen of the senior division.


David Matus

David Matus

“Right now the feeling is…we are happy. We came out here early, we got started early. We just had to put out the best card tonight and I think the players did the part. We did the work months—weeks after weeks, night after night. We are happy with the performance and we think the crowd knew that we had it.”


Princess Mother Nature Creation won second and third for queen and king in the senior division, respectively. Third place senior queen went to Evolution, while second place senior king was captured Soca Moca. In the junior division, Pickstock Carnival Band and Sunshine Masqueraders won second and third in that order. Newcomer, Collet Royal won third place for junior queen. Duane Moody for News Five.


First place for king and queen in the junior competition win four thousand dollars each, while second and third place get three thousand dollars and two thousand dollars respectively. Meanwhile, for first place in the senior competition, the king and queen receive five thousand dollars with second and third getting three thousand five hundred dollars and two thousand five hundred dollars respectively.  In Tuesday’s newscast, we’ll look at the Expo Belize Market Place.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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