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Rain fails to dampen spirits at Savannah
The sun shone.
The rain came down.
They were jamming still.
When a medic was urgently needed for a
masquerader, they still jammed.
Even when a music truck broke down, they
And just like the lyrics to the song of choice
to cross the Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-
Spain, stage yesterday--- MX Prime's Full Ex-
treme---masqueraders proved that no matter
what happened they did not "business" and
would be jamming no matter what occurred
One female masquerader being pushed in
a wheelchair even held up a placard pledg-
ing that she too was "jamming still" as she
crossed the stage with large band Hart's.
But when large band Tribe took the stage
their jamming stood still. It took Tribe 45
minutes to cross as their security tried un-
successfully to control overly exuberant
At 1.25 pm, after close to six hours of rev-
elry, 18 bands, including nine large bands,
had already crossed the Savannah stage.
The first band that crossed the stage yes-
terday was mini band Simply Cultural with
their presentation Minstrels Bongo for Holly
B. They crossed around 7.40 am.
The first large band was Ronnie and Caro
with their presentation Fearless 10. They
were the third band overall to cross the stage,
one of two mandatory judging points bands
had to cross to qualify for the Port-of-Spain
title. The criteria for judging is that bands
must pass both the Queen's Park Savannah
and downtown judging points and choose
between either the Adams Smith and Vic-
toria judging points.
There was also a free flow of bands cross-
ing the Savannah stage for the majority of
the day yesterday. And while most of the
bands crossed the stage to Full Extreme,
large bands Hart's and Fantasy, who were
the fifth and sixth bands to cross the stage,
seemed to want to give Machel Montano's
Beat It a fighting chance for the Road March
Montano performed Beat It for Fantasy's
Sands of Time section. He was, however,
seen wining when Full Extreme played.
Legacy was the fourth largest band to cross
Despite rumours that Socadrome
would have been no more after Carni-
val 2016, it was back yesterday, bigger
and better and deemed the "Ultimate
Carnival Experience" by the vast ma-
jority of spectators.
The east stand of the Jean Pierre Com-
plex, Port-of-Spain, was packed to capacity
and King David Michael Rudder, during his
30-minute performance, had all standing,
dancing and giving praises with some of his
ole time hits, including Amen, The Hammer
and his 2017 calypso Welcome to Trinidad.
Earlier, however, some of the biggest bands
passed through the Socadrome, giving a
magnificent display of colourful costumes
made of beads, stones and feathers.
The first big band, Bliss, crossed at 9.21
am with its presentation al Sahra. Revellers
wined their way across the stage to MX
Prime's Full Extreme.
MC Nikki Crosby then introduced 2017
Extempo 2017 champion Winston "Gypsy"
Peters along with Joseph Vautor-La Place-
liere (Lingo) and Phillip Murray (Black Sage).
The trio, with their hilarious lyrics, had the
entire Complex laughing out loud with their
Traditional mas characters, including
bats, blue devils, pierrot grenades, baby
dolls, dame lorraines, jab jabs and midnight
robbers also paraded.
A resounding round of applause was given
when the first woman to win the Road March
and Calypso Monarch titles, Linda McArtha
Sandy-Lewis, better known as Calypso Rose,
came on stage to perform her smash hit Leave
Me Alone. Rose only recently received the
award for Album of the Year in the World
Music category at the prestigious Victoires
de la Musique awards in Paris, France.
Another big band, Yuma, with their
presentation D Origins, crossed the stage
at 11.10 am.
MX Prime and Ultimate Rejects delivered
their hit song Full Extreme from one of their
trucks to the delight of the patrons.
Other bands to cross the Socadrome stage
included Harts, Tribe and the Lost Tribe.
Other acts to perform for the patrons in-
cluded Timothy "Baron" Watkins Jr, Chut-
ney Soca Monarchs Ravi B and Omardath
Maraj, Junior Soca Monarchs Stefan Camejo
and his brother Sergio.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian during
the event, English tourist Michael Smith
described his first experience at the Soca-
drome as "fantastic".
"I was told it was free so I decided to come
and sit in and my, oh my, was it a tremendous
Carnival experience for me. I was able to hear
wonderful soca music, see some of the top
calypsonians perform and witness the beau-
ty of the Trinidad Carnival costumes. Very
splendid job by the organisers," Smith said.
Another visitor, Australian Michelle
Borne, in her second consecutive visit, spoke
of the vast improvement of the event.
"I was at the Socadrome last year and I
thought it was good. I am back here again
this year and it is wonderful, the best of Trini
Carnival I have ever experienced. I hope this
goes on for many, many years to come."
This Harts masquerader did not let her wheelchair
prevent her from jamming to MX Prime's Full
Extreme. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Jammin' still on Big Stage
Rudder, MX Prime bring house down as...
Socadrome delivers good entertainment
President Anthony Carmona, left, dances along South Quay, Port-of-Spain, in Brian
MacFarlane's Cazabon: The Art of Living during Carnival celebrations yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
the stage and the ninth band overall, but had some
problems with their music truck when the Sailor mas
section of their presentation Time...Then and Now
was crossing the stage.
Interestingly, large band Passion incorporated
their security as part of their presentation, with the
"extraction officers" doing some aerobics to pump
Around 11.20 the rain fell for the first time. There
were intermittent showers throughout the day after
that. Around 2.45 pm, large band Trinidad All Stars,
accompanied in part by Panorama champions Massy
All Stars, crossed the stage with Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley among their masqueraders.
When the band was exiting the stage one of their
masqueraders had a medical emergency and the an-
nouncers called for a medic. The masquerader was
seen lying on the wet Savannah stage while other band
members looked on. He was eventually escorted off
the stage with the assistance of two on-duty fire
Masqueraders from Fantasy's 1001 Fantasies at the Queen's Park Savannah yesterday.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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