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Ronnie & Caro, Starlift win Downtown

By SEAN DOUGLAS Thursday, March 6 2014

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This beautiful masquerader from the band Fantasy is caught up in the ecstasy of crossingthe big stage at Queen's Park Savannah on Carnival Tuesday....
This beautiful masquerader from the band Fantasy is caught up in the ecstasy of crossingthe big stage at Queen's Park Savannah on Carnival Tuesday....

TWO bands each won the large band class in the Port-of-Spain Downtown Carnival, revealed chairman Wendell Stephens, at a news briefing yesterday held by PoS Mayor Raymond Tim Kee in his office at the City Corporation.

Reading the list of winners, Stephens said the best large band on Carnival Monday was Starlift Steel Orchestra led by Michael Franco portraying Fashionable China, while Carnival Tuesday’s top large band was Ronnie and Caro’s presentation, De River Come Down led by Ronnie Mc Intosh. Each of the two winners respectively also won the “Band of the Day” title, beating smaller bands.

On Monday after Starlift (first), came Trini Revellers (second) under David Cameron portraying The Sultan’s Palace, while third place went to Showtime Trinidad led by Godfrey Enile portraying The Awakening of Mas.

On Tuesday, Ronnie and Caro were followed by Trini Revellers (second); Legacy led by Mike Antoine and Juliet de la Bastide portraying Nature’s Touch (third); Paparazzi portraying Centre Stage (fourth); Dream Team led by Paul Singh portraying I am (fifth); and Showtime Trinidad (sixth).

Stephens also revealed that the Road March at Downtown was easily won by Machel Montano whose “Ministry of the Road” was played 96 times, far ahead of nearest rival Farmer Nappy’s “Big People Party” (33 times) and Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez’s “Done de party” (nine times).

The medium band results echoed those of the large bands, with a steelband winning on Monday but a pretty mas band winning on Tuesday.

On Monday the best medium bands were first-placed NM Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra led by Beresford Hunte portraying Sailors Ashore; second-placed Just Wee and Friends under Earl Crosby and Ann-Marie Placide presenting Ziegfeld Follies; and third ranked was Wee Mas International under Rickie Davidson playing Red Monday - An awareness of HIV/AIDS.

On Tuesday, the “medium” class was won by K2K Alliance and Partners - under Kathy and Karen Norman offering The Rise of Sanctuary. Next came Just Wee and Friends (second); D Krewe Company under Roland St George playing Saga of the Open Seas (third); NM Trinidad All Stars (fourth); We Mas International (fifth); and Charm led by Robert and Sharon Amar portraying Exotic Beauties (sixth).

On Monday the “small band” class was won by Tribal Connection under Cheryl Clarke-Allen presenting Before the Europeans (first), followed by Rosalind Gabriel and Village Production’s presentation of Festival of Colours (second); and Belmont Exotic Stylish Sailors under Ancil Mc Lean offering The Saga of Jason Griffith (third)”.

On Tuesday the best small bands were: Tribal Connection (first); Mas Passion under Gerald Weekes offering Tabanca (second); Rosalind Gabriel’s Festival of Colours (third); Belmont Exotic Stylish Sailors (fourth); Word and Associates led by Derek Walcott presenting Numbers, the fourth book of the Bible (fifth); and Splash D Mas Band under Renwick Brown portraying Elements, a touch of nature (sixth).

On Monday the mini band class was won by D Redman led by Abzal Shaffie and Michael Roberts playing Pow Pow, the Gathering of the Tribes.

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