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Classmates win Junior King, Queen titles

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Two 11-year-old classmates of a primary school, also from the same Carnival band, have coped this year’s Junior Carnival King and Queen titles.

Nikolai Jagdeo and Jermiah Walters, with their presentations Explosion Of Our Cultures and Celebrations—Colours Of Our People, beat nine competitors at the Queens Park Savannah on Tuesday night.

They managed to wow the judges and the audience in the Grand Stand with their ability to dance and manoeuvre their large and intricately designed costumes, which dwarfed them.

Jagdeo and Walters, who are both set to sit the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam in three months time, are both members of Hott Stuff Promotions, a family operated Carnival band from Mc Inroy Street in Curepe.

Their band-mates Justin Ramkalawan and Priya Nagassar also dominated the competitions as they both placed third. In a telephone interview yesterday, the band’s designer FranklynJagdeo described his masqueraders’ performance as “fantastic, amazing and mind-blowing”.

“It was a lot of prayers and work in a short space of time. Nikolai is very excited because this was his second time on stage,” Jagdeo said as he explained that it took between three and four days to construct each costume.Jagdeo also called on the Government and the National Carnival Commission (NCC) to place greater emphasis on youth competitions.

“I was really contemplating retiring because of the way the economy is going and the spending of the Government. They say the juniors are the future of the Carnival industry and our nation and yet still they don’t put enough towards the juniors,” Jagdeo said.

Admitting that the competition was a labour of love for him and other designers due to almost non-existent financial returns, Jagdeo said they are forced to use their imaginations and recycle elements of costumes from previous years.


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