Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 17th 2015 Contents SACHA WILSON
Masqueraders took the streets of San
Fernando by storm yesterday gyrating,
some in full costumes, during the parade
of the bands.
Despite the small number of spectators,
which has been the norm for the past few
years, masqueraders were undaunted, jump-
ing up, winning and chipping to their
favourite soca tunes under the scorching
The first band to cross the judging point
near Scotia Bank on High Street around 2
pm, was Southern Mas Associates with its
Fancy Indian presentation of Great Tribes
of D Americas.
After a long lull, Fireworks Promotions
followed with My Trinbago, representing all
the national treasures which comprise the
country, including the steelpan, humming
bird, scarlet ibis and pitch lake.
Coming up close behind was Lionel Jages-
sar, traditional Indian mas, entitled Along
the Mohawk. Pumping to the blaring soca
from the music trucks, masqueraders young
and old had a great time prancing through
Reigning Band of Year South title holders
Ivan Kalicharan came in blazing with
Bazodee, showing off their Carnival King
and Queen costumes which won the San
Fernando titles last week and came in seventh
and sixth respectively in the national com-
Eyeing the Band of the Year South title
for the eight year, the masqueraders tried to
convince the judges why they the band should
take home the first prize for yet another year.
At 4 pm those were the bands which had
crossed the judging point, but more bands
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Masqueraders from Kalicharan's presentation of Bazodee prance through the streets of San Fernando during the parade of bands
yesterday. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
for Monk Monte
The boss set to
run away with
RICHARD LORD AND CAMILLE CLARKE
Like a boss, Machel Montano, seemed set to
win the road march title this year as his song
took a significant lead as Parade of the Bands
got underway at the Queen s Park Savannah,
Port-of-Spain, one of the major judging points
Montano is widely expected to retain the title
as his song was played 23 times by 3.30 pm at the
Queen s Park Savannah.
At South Quay, downtown judging point was
Like Ah Boss was played by DJs more than 20
times yesterday at the South Quay, Port-of-Spain
And his collaboration with Angela Hunte, Party
Done was played three times while Olatunji Year-
wood s Ola played once during a five-hour peri-
od.At the savannah, his nearest and only rival, at
that time was Ola, which was performed by Groovy
Soca Monarch 2015, Olatunji. That song was played
only once. Montano captured the Power Soca
Monarch title with the song last Friday.
Shortly before 11.30 am, in brilliant sunshine,
bands started appearing on stage, without full cos-
tumes as the competition got underway.
The stands were empty though as only about
200 people were seated in the North Stand and
a few hundreds in the Grand Stand.
For at least two periods during the early after-
noon, there was no activity on the stage as bands
were slow in appearing. The first lull at 12.40 pm
lasted about 30 minutes.
Among the large bands that appeared before 3
pm yesterday were Tribe, Madi Gras TT with its
presentation of Timber for the love of French and
Trinidad Revellers with the Jamette Carnival. Blue
devils, minstrels and other traditional mas were
also seen on stage.
Former health minister Therese Baptiste-Cornelis
and a masquerader in a wheel-chair were seen
prancing on the stage.
There was a heavy police presence to ensure
law and order prevailed.
There were no reports of untoward incidents at
Montano copped the Power Soca Monarch title
on Friday with Like a Boss.
In downtown, Port-of-Spain, spectators were
not allowed to jump up with bands at the judging
Patrons who sat in the stands said the bands
were slow in passing after the J Ouvert celebrations
ended by 8 am.
The bands did not begin to flow continuous
until after 1 pm, and one foreigner asked, "When
are the bands going to pass?"
The masqueraders were dressed-down and wore
shorts and T-Shirts in a variety of colours, leaving
their glitz and glamour for today s roadshow.
Spectators said they had different views on the
Spectator Tony Latchman said: "Where I going
so early? Is the same thing over and over though..is
just the date changing."
Horace Milton, another spectator from Wood-
brook, said he did not like how certain streets were
"It was okay so far but I did not like how the
streets were blocked off," he said.
Machel Montano s Like Ah
Boss dominated the Adam
Smith Square judging point at
yesterday s parade of the
The song was played more
than 15 times between 11 am
and 2.30 pm.
Ronnie and Caro s Ah come
back home was the first band
to start the celebrations which
began at 11 am. Bands coming
after flowed smoothly until
about 11.20 am, when bands
began to back up leaving Island
People on the stage for 25 min-
utes before it began to clear up.
Traditional mas was not for-
gotten as the presence of a small
band of minstrels and another
band with Jab Jabs also paraded
before the judges.
Also, participating was the
steelband Starlift who were
accompanied by three sections
of masqueraders, dressed in tra-
ditional costumes and not the
usual bikini and beads.
Giving the nod of approval
for the strong police presence
were dozens of tourists, some
sitting on the stands and others
standing on the road.
One tourist, who identified
himself as Pedro said he trav-
elled from Finland to visit T&T
for Carnival. Another who came
from Dallas, US, and who iden-
tified himself as John, said he
was impressed with the number
of police officers on duty.
He also said he would be
coming back for Carnival next
year. Police officers were placed
on almost all the corners near
the judging point.
Cepep workers were also seen
picking up trash after each band
crossed the stage and on the
way to the route, Port-of-Spain
City Corporation workers were
seen doing likewise in the vicin-
ity of Powergen.
Legacy, Bliss and Yuma were
some of the bands to cross the
stage before 2 pm.
South mas off to smooth start
Kalicharan eyes eighth title
Top points for police presence
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