Ronel Pierre was crowned the 2019 King of J’Ouvert, while his cousin — the seasoned Lynelle Pierre copped the 2019 Queen of J'Ouvert title after losing to her mother last year.
They were coached by their grandfather Herbert “Natty” Pierre, who helped assemble their props and costumes for the traditional old mas competition which took place at South Quay, Port-of-Spain.
The two credited their success to the patriarch who is the brainchild behind their presentations.
In his presentation titled "Young Mother Has Liquid Milk, Old Mother Has Powder Milk,” Ronel had the audience laughing as he squeezed the nipples of baby bottles which were sewn into the lining of his costume, causing liquid milk to squirt from one and powdered milk to spew from the other.
His costume also depicted a young mother clad in a modern outfit, while the “older” side was clad in a long, drab nightie identifying the seniority of the character.
Lynelle Pierre’s presentation titled “Gary Say One Shot, One Kill” was short and direct to the point.
Avoiding much of the frills, Lynelle sat on a stool and whipped out a deodorant tin from an inside jacket pocket which she began spraying around her in a bid to ward off the “roaches,” a reference to the Commissioner's description of criminals.
Meant to represent an insecticide repellent, Lynelle held aloft a napkin in which she displayed to the judges that she had managed to kill a cockroach after each spraying.
Speaking with reporters immediately after the results of the competition were announced, the elder Pierre confirmed Monday’s victory had taken the family’s titles to 12 Queens and eight Kings.
Lynelle was crowned Queen three times before, while Ronel placed fourth in 2018 and third in 2017.
Natty said the family would continue to participate in the competition as they believed in providing clean, humorous and entertaining presentations.
The majority of the presentations poked fun at Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and the TTPS over a variety of matters.
1. Ronel Pierre - Young Mother Has Liquid Milk, Old Mother Has Powder Milk
2. Ronaldo Pierre - Sat Wanted No Hejab On The ASJA Compound
3. Everton Cardinal - Ah Brighter Future For T&T
1. Lynelle Pierre - Gary Say One Shot, One Kill
2. Lillian Pierre - When You Are Both Police and Thief, This Is What You Deserve Instantly
3. Barbara Pilgrim - If We Doh Last, We Go Cry