Not even the rain could dampen the excitement of young masqueraders, as they took over the streets of San Fernando in their beautiful costumes yesterday. Masqueraders from 17 children’s Carnival bands proudly displayed their costumes, as they made their way from the starting point at Circular Road to the judging point at Skinner Park at Cipero Street.
Despite a brief afternoon downpour, the children of all ages had fun, jumping and dancing to popular soca hits as they participated in the San Fernando Kiddies Carnival.
“I like to dance and I like Carnival so much,” said brave six-year-old masquerader Reign Noreiga, who portrayed Queen of the Coral Reef from the Carivog Kids Band.
Bandleader Valerie Alleyne-Noreiga said her masqueraders were happy to be crossing the stage at the recently renovated Skinner Park.
“I am so glad to be back at Skinner Park with the stage because that is what the children like, playing mas on a stage, instead of being on the road,” she said.
Noting that her presentation was entitled Gems of T&T, she said the rain did not affect them.
Irma Joseph-John, bandleader of Irma & Friends, said her portrayal was Sailors of the Caribbean, which depicts artistes from Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and T&T.
“The weather was hot, then we got little showers, but we are back in the sun now and we are happy,” she said.
The first band to cross the stage was the House of Jacqui with We From Sando. Other bands, including St Brigid’s Girls’ RC School with We Will Rise, and BMan and Lord Street Fushion with Welcome to Waterworld of San Fernando, also assembled at Skinner Park, transforming the venue into a sea of colour, beauty and excitement. The popular song of choice as the masqueraders paraded on stage was Mical Teja’s DNA.
The event started at 11 am and was scheduled to end at 6 pm.
Children’s bands in Port-of-Spain also participated in their final competitions.