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Madray, Marchan reign

By Andre Bagoo Sunday, March 2 2014

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 CARNIVAL KING 2014, Wade Madray shows off his costume, 'Quars Al Sahraa - Desert Sting' at the Kings and Queens of Carnival show at the Queen's Park ...
CARNIVAL KING 2014, Wade Madray shows off his costume, 'Quars Al Sahraa - Desert Sting' at the Kings and Queens of Carnival show at the Queen's Park ...

A STINGING desert scorpion and a mysterious mirage rising from the same desert sand came away with the titles of King and Queen of Carnival respectively on Friday night.

Wade Madray was crowned King with “Quars Al Sahraa - Desert Sting”, a large grotesque scorpion painted black and orange and adorned with glowing red venom and gold.

Peola Marchan was Queen with “Zamara, Mirage of the Oasis”, a taj-like depiction of an illusion of a seductive enchantress, amid the minarets of a shining fabled city.

The results were a repeat of 2011 results when both Madray and Marchan were crowned — Madray won that year with “Pacific Tsunami” while Marchan won with “D Jewelled Chandelier”. Marchan has now won the crown three times, also winning in 2007 with “The Incandescence of Beatrice Has Brought Me Thence”.)

“It is repeat of 2011 when both Peola and myself were crowned King and Queen, so that’s great,” Madray said after the results were announced at the Queen’s Park Savannah.

On the format of the Kings and Queens being separate from the Dimanche Gras show, the new King said, “I personally love the Dimanche Gras and I think it is original, it’s authentic, that is what starts the Carnival. Everybody misses the big show on a Dimanche Gras night, but we are looking at a better way of putting things together so I suppose we should progress from here.”

On the same issue, Marchan said, “It’s okay, it’s not a lot of hustling.” The Trini Revellers Queen said her costume was “a family affair” and was built by her dad, Miguel Marchan.

The show went smoothly, with none of the mishaps or delays of previous events. In the King category the Eustace brothers — Curtis and Ted — had to settle for second and sixth place respectively while brother Ravi and Glenn Dave Lakhan placed third and fifth respectively.

In the Queen category, the favourite going into the finals, Gloria Dallsingh with “We Beat Pan Music”, placed eighth. Tamika George’s “Refraction: A Phenomenon of Light” drew applause with its blinking red, blue and green neon lights. She took second place.

National Carnival Bandleaders Association President David Lopez said “it was a good show. “Big Friday” — as it was billed — began at about 7pm with a big voice — Neval Chatelal singing “Wonder of this World”.

The production, by Geraldo Vieira Jnr, also featured the finals for the Junior King and Junior Queen of Carnival competition as well as featured Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons and Chutney Soca Monarch, KI Persad.

A musical interval saw the Alternative Quartet pay tribute to the painter Michel-Jean Cazabon. The show ended at about 10.30pm. It drew a crowd, though sections of the Grand Stand remained empty and the North Stand was not utilised.

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