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Full show for spectators in Woodbrook

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Herbert Pierre during his winning portrayal of Captain Gary Griffith Didn’t Make It With the Third Force during the Downtown Carnival Committee’s King and Queen of J’ouvert Competition, South Quay, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTOs: ROBERTO CODALLO

Soca star Machel Montano was the frontrunner in the Road March race at Adam Smith Square, up to press time.

During yesterday's Parade of Bands at the Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, judging point, Montano's Waiting On The Stage was clearly the most popular song.

There were more people on the pavement than in the stands along the venue. 

When one of the music trucks of Carnival band Dream Team's presentation Magic Carpet Ride was near the stage, Montano's song was played so loudly, however, that an announcer asked the music truck to lower the music because the judges and the people needed to hear the information on the band. 

For Adam Smith Square on a Monday, action began early at 10.30 am with Legacy's Life is... which was followed by Ronnie and Caro's Tears Of... then a lull around 11.45 am and a steady flow of large, medium and small bands into the afternoon period.

Under a hot sun the revellers danced with abandon as if maximising their time onstage in one of the shortest Carnival seasons in years as if to extract every ounce of enjoyment.

There were Island People Mas now rebranded as IP Mas with its 2016 presentation Pantheon: Summon the Guardians; Yuma's Indulge In The Sweet Life; D Krewe's Loving The Mas; Roam The Mas band's Kings, Queens and Vagabonds; Showtime Trinidad's Dance Warrior Dance; Veni Friends' Devils and Angels: To Hell and Back; Frenz N Dem's We Like It So; Shhhh Entertainment & Indulgence's Satisfy Your Every Indulgence; Just Wee & Friends Celebrating Wee Own; The Belmont Jewels' Conquest De La Chiquita; Starlift Steel Orchestra's Through The Years; and The Original Jab Jabs. 

Last year, Montano captured the Road March title with Like A Boss; and if he wins this year it will be his eighth title.