Un­til Next Time, Car­ni­val!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

T

he most an­tic­i­pated event on the Saint Lu­cian cal­en­dar has come and gone, but we all know bet­ter than to think the party sea­son is over. For months, var­i­ous lo­cal car­ni­val bands had been pre­par­ing for the big event, and on Tues­day, af­ter much bac­cha­na­lia in the streets, the cur­tains were drawn. The Events Com­pany of Saint Lucia has since an­nounced the re­sults for Car­ni­val 2017, on Wed­nes­day, July 19 to be ex­act, at the Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion. Af­ter all the hard work of artists, de­sign­ers, or­ga­niz­ers and rev­el­ers in mas camps and be­hind the scenes, only one band could win each ti­tle.

There’s as­sur­ance of no hard feel­ings though; ev­ery band was whin­ing down the road to Ricky T’s “Sully” to­gether, which won Road March. Mac 11 with “Bend Up Your Back” came in sec­ond fol­lowed by Subance’s “Bad in Bum Bum” then “Knock It Al­ready” by Ambi. The ul­ti­mate Mas On the Move win­ner was none other than Just 4 Fun, who im­pressed the judges when it was their turn to flaunt their feath­ers and beads on stage. Not too far be­hind was Fuzion Mas, and then a sur­prise tie for third place be­tween Taboo and Tribe of Twel. How­ever, the Band of the Year was Tribe of Twel (Wi Mama Mi

Matlo). Sec­ond place went to Just 4 Fun (Es­cape), while the third and fourth place spots went to Roy­alites Ex­treme (Sun­rise to Sun­set) and Fuzion Mas (Great­ness in the Sands) re­spec­tively. Th­ese four bands came in the ex­act same rank­ing for the Best Por­trayal of Theme cat­e­gory.

Again, th­ese four bands got the top rank­ings for Sec­tion of the Year but in a dif­fer­ent or­der. Roy­alites Ex­treme “Showtime” came in first, and then in sec­ond was Tribe of Twel’s “Sailors & Ladies Who They Love”. Third place went to Taboo’s “Cap­tain Amer­ica & Mys­tic” and in fourth, Fuzion Mas’ “Anu­bis”. No­tably, it was Fuzion Mas’ first time on the road.

By far one of the most in­ter­est­ing parts of Saint Lu­cian Car­ni­val is Ole Mas. This year the top four creations all de­picted var­i­ous as­pects of the is­land’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape. Robert Caleron won with “St. Lucia Na­tional Trust, Allen No More” fol­lowed by Arthur Charles who cre­ated “DSH – Gov­ern­ment Fish­ing for In­vest­ment Mas­ter Baiters”. Third place was given to Car­ton Ish­mael with ‘Trump Un­der Pres­sure to Come Clean with Rus­sian Ties” and fourth to Kings­ley Haynes with “Vieux Fort No More, it’s Pearl of the South. Are You From the Pearl? I Am.”

This year’s In­di­vid­ual of the Year was Tribe of Twel’s “Po­sei­don, Lord of the Deep” by Adrian Augier while the win­ner of J’ou­vert was Back in Time with “Mu­sic: The Life of the Party”.

Arthur Charles was in sec­ond place with “DSH – Gov­ern­ment Fish­ing for In­vest­ment Mas­ter Baiters”.

Robert Caleron’s win­ning old Mas por­trayal: “St. Lucia Na­tional Trust, Allen No More”.

Kings­ley Haynes se­cured forth place with “Vieux Fort No More, it’s Pearl of the South. Are You From the Pearl? I am.”

Third place went to Car­ton Ish­mael with ‘Trump Un­der Pres­sure to Come Clean with Rus­sian Ties”.

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