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Madray makes waves to top kings
Veteran masquerader Wade Madray was crowned 2011 Carnival King at Sunday’s Dimanche Gras final.
Madray’s Pacific Tsunami from the band Legacy, which led from the preliminary stages of the competition, captivated the audience and judges alike with its natural movement imitating the motion of ocean waves. The costume, a stunning depiction in several shades of blue, was the largest in the competition. In second place was Owen Hinds Jr, the South King of Carnival, with Battle of the Marabuntas. Last year’s winner, Curtis Eustace, who was hoping to secure a record-breaking tenth win with his presentation Bozo D Legend Lives, placed third.
Eustace managed to improve on his placement in the preliminary round of the competition with the addition of a third wheel for structural support and some surprises reserved for Sunday’s final,
Eustace surprised the audience as he raised the circus tent structure that made up his costume, revealing two miniature performers dressed in clown regalia who proceeded to entertain the audience with their comical antics. A disappointment on the night was Brian Mac Farlane’s King, Gerard Weekes, portraying In the Beginning–Good and Evil. There were technical difficulties with the costume and it was not fully displayed. South Trinidad was well represented in the Carnival Queen competition, with Peola Marchan’s D Jeweled Chandelier securing the top spot. Marchan, who also won the South Carnival Queen title, represented the band We People International. Her costume was made up of three large crystal chandeliers that lit up magically as she crossed the stage.
In second place, also from South Trinidad was Gloria Dallsingh portraying Splendor of Lights. Dallsingh, from Kalicharan and Associates, designed her own costume, as well as the one worn by Carnival King finalist Marlon Rampersad. There were a few mishaps during the competition. Brian Mac Farlane’s Queen, Sevell Nicholls, parading on stilts with in her elaborate costume, In the End–Dance and Rejoice, fell as she crossed the stage her portrayal. Although she managed to get back on the stilts, with assistance from Mac Farlane’s support crew to continue her presentation, she placed last competition.
The first queen to cross the stage, Gayle Marcano, also suffered a mishap when a camera boom collided with her costume, D Ruby Brooch, crushing it. Unfazed Marcano continued and managed to place fifth with 387 points.
King of Carnival
1. Wade Madray–Pacific Tsunami
2.Owen Hinds Jr–Battle of the Marabuntas
3. Curtis Eustace–Bozo D Legend Lives On
4. Marlon Rampersad–Bedazzled
5. Lionel Jagessar Jr–Wakinyan-Quest of the Feather Seekers
6. Roland St George–Pan on Fire
7. Gerard Weekes–In the Beginning Good and Evil
8. Glenn dave lakhan–The Jewel Spider
9. Fareid Carvalho–Mr Carnival, The Return of the Fireman
10. Leroy Prieto—Mukasa,The God of Water
Queen of Carnival
1. Peola Marchan–D Jewelled Chandelier
2. Gloria dallsingh–Splendor of Lights
3. Kay Mason–Island Queen
4. Roxanne Omalo–Serpent Sorceress
5. Gayle Marcano–D Ruby Brooch
6. Cherryanne Valere–Forest Blossom
7. Patricia bailey–Diamonds are Forever
8. Jenna Marie andre–Botanica, A Floral Extravaganza
9. Avernell Johnson–Chia, The Goddess
10. Sevell Nicholls–In the End, Dance and Rejoice