Cousins are J’ouvert 2014 King and Queen
Stories by JULIEN NEAVES Tuesday, March 4 2014
IT was a family affair for the second consecutive year at the J’ouvert Ole Mas Competition yesterday morning with cousins taking the king and queen titles which their parents took last year in performances that lampooned People’s National Movement (PNM) Lady Vice Chairman Pennelope Beckles-Robinson eating curry duck and Attorney General Anand Ramlogan’s Range Rover controversy.
The winners were crowned yesterday morning at South Quay, Port-of-Spain following the official opening of Carnival.
Renaldo Pierre took the king title with his performance “The PP raping we country, money in St-range Rovers”. Dressed in a black suit,with a fake gut and the sign “Anan”, he pulled up in his green rover — a child’s Big Wheel. After picking real corn and stuffing it in the back of the “Strange Rover”, Anan then went into a large brown box marked “Treasury out of bounds” and made off with two large bags of money.
“Is a good experience to have, to be the king and queen,” he said, adding that he is one of the youngest J’ouvert kings.
His cousin Lynelle Pierre, 20, was also a hit with her performance “Since Penny eat curry duck she challenging Rowley”. After eating a plate of curry duck “Penny” became “bazodee” and transformed into a stickfighter, throwing off her black jacket to reveal a red vest, tying a red band around her head and picking up a bois. She then pulled a “Rowley” dummy out a box marked Opposition Leader and challenged him to a stick fight. Pulling a string she made the dummy put up a sign that said “cool it”.
Last year Renaldo’s father Rondell and Lynelle’s mother Lillan both won the king and queen titles, and Renaldo noted he was happy to continue the legacy.
This year Lillan placed second with her parody of the million-dollar drug bust by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Norfolk, Virginia where cocaine was found in cans with fake Trinidad Juice labels. Her portrayal was “DEA find cocaine in Virginia”, with Virginia being a mannequin on a hospital bed and Lillan pulling out coke soft drinks from juice tins.
The drug bust also featured in the third place winner “Breaking news coke found in belly”. For that portrayal performer Margaret Montano dressed as a hospital patient and removed coke cans on an “intestine” from her “belly”. Another, simpler portrayal was “TT’s biggest drug bust” with a woman with oversized fake breasts with juice labels.
Lynelle explained the Pierre family portrayals were created by their grandfather Herbert “Natty” Pierre, who also performed yesterday morning. “He is behind everything that we do,” she added.
The elder Pierre placed second in the king category with his portrayal “Dame Lorraine Gone Green”. Dressed as the titular character he/she began to experience stomach pains but after unsuccessfully attempting to use a tiny chamber pot and toilet, the Dame Lorraine relieved himself/herself in some grass and wiped with a leaf.
Third place went to veteran performer Trevor Thomas for his portrayal “I more qwalifyed dan de speeka”. Dressed with a jacket and graduation cap he pulled out his “credentials” from a suitcase including “genuine false papers” and “silk from we PM”.
Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee and former mayor and current special adviser Murchison Brown were present yesterday to view the performances.