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On Friday night, Wade Madray and Peola Marchan
were crowned this year s Carnival King and Queen---
in an exact repeat of the result of the competition
Madray, whose only other victory in the competition
came that year, dominated Friday night s show with
a presentation that can be described as a masterful
blend of costume design and well choreographed the-
atrics, which earned him 431 points.
His costume, Quars Al Sahraa Desert Sting, an enor-
mous bronze scorpion illuminated by torches with
pincers mechanically controlled by him, was a crowd
favourite in both the preliminary and semi-final rounds.
The costume, which was designed by Haden Joseph
and cost over $150,000 to build, was inspired by an
ancient Egyptian legend of a pharaoh s bodyguard,
who was executed and was reincarnated as a scorpion
to exact revenge on his former master.
Madray held back his best for Friday s final, refining
his dance moves and incorporating into his presentation
a masquerader wearing a miniature version of his cos-
tume which led him acrosss the stage.
In an interview shortly after being crowned Carnival
King, Madray said it felt great to win the competition
alongside Marchan for a second time.
"I always knew that we were up there. We had a
good product and put in a lot of hard work. I had
good performances and a fantastic team," a jovial
Madray said, while embracing his relatives and pro-
His closest competitor, Curtis Eustace, scored 426
points with his menacing crimson dragon costume
Zanzikil, Lord of Chaos, which was one of the largest
in the competition. Eustace s presentation in the finals
included a group of dwarfs dressed as spear-wielding
dragon-slayers, who brought smiles to the faces of
the judges and spectators alike.
In third place with 424 points was Ravi Lakhan s
Nagin Saphera---The Serpent Charmer, which consisted
of an oversized Indian snake charmer manipulating
a number of cobras with his golden flute.
Eustace s younger brother Ted, who won the com-
petition last year, disappointed in Friday s show with
his presentation, which appeared a bit rushed compared
to those in the previous rounds, earning him sixth
place with 407 points.
Marchan s victory in the Queens competition shocked
many spectators, who considered her a dark horse
because of her 12th- and seventh-place finishes in
the preliminary and semi-final rounds. She scored
427 points, earning her third Carnival Queen title and
the $250,000 first prize.
Her costume, Zamara Mirage of the Oasis, designed
by her father Miguel, was a Middle East-inspired
palace complete with jewel-embellished gold and
It was also a family affair for second-place winner
Tamika George, whose costume Refraction: A Phe-
nomenon of Light was designed by her sister Tricia
Bailey and mother Patricia, herself a 31-year veteran
of the competition, and is part of her father s band
Bailey and Associates.
The costume, which consisted of several layers of
wings covered in reflective coatings and illuminated
by neon lighting, drew loud applause as it sparkled
under the lights as she crossed the stage.
In third place was Laura Rampersad, who scored
402 points with her costume African Drum Dancer.
Her mother-in-law Gloria Dallsingh, who designed
her costume, came in eighth with her costume We
Beat Pan Music.
On Thursday, Dallsingh was crowned the South
Carnival Queen, with her son Marlon Rampersad
taking the South Carnival King competition. Marlon
was eliminated after Tuesday s national semi-finals.
Not to be outdone, the ten Junior Carnival Kings
Madray and Marchan repeat 2011 winning performances...
New Carnival King and Queen crowned
JUNIOR CARNIVAL KINGS
1. Promise of the Rainbow---Gyasi
2. Oil Spill in the Sea---Bradley
3. Dance Mandela Dance---Akeem
4. The Aztec Eagle Warrior---
5. Chima Warrior: D Legend of
the Pitch---Armando Sham Poo---
6. Junkanoo Jamboree---Dezil-
7. Dancing Dragon King---Kriston
8. Sea Fun So---Michael Barnes---
9. A Ju Ju Warrior---Akeel
10. Aucaman Kiwidinok---The
Great Shaman---Keegan Farrell---
1. Quars Al Sahraa Desert Sting---
2. Zanzikil, Lord of Chaos---Curtis
3. Nagin Saphera: The Serpent
4. De Tornado---Ronald Blaize---421
5. After Earth---Glenn Dave
6. Monkey Know What Tree to
7. What Lies Beneath---Fareid
8. Scorpion King---Earl Beckles---394
9. Madiba (The Heart of a
10. Poseidon Comin'---Clyde
Junkanoo Jamboree, portrayed by Dezil-Patrick Jennings, placed sixth among the junior kings.
PHOTOS: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Zanzikil, Lord of Chaos, from the band The Awakening of Mas,
portrayed by Curtis Eustace, placed second among the senior kings.
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