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Carnival road march 2017 hits the streets

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Six senior and seven junior bands gave their best performances to thousands of spectators today, as the 2017 Carnival Road March moved through the streets of Belize City.

Competitors in the Junior division included: Black Pearl, Sunshine Masqueraders, Mahogany Masqueraders, Soca Massive, Trench Town Masqueraders and Collet Royal Revelers. Competitors in the Senior category included: Titans Mass Band, Mother Natures’s Creation, Belizean United; Soca Moca Carnival Band, Fantasy Karnival Belize, and Belizean Jewel.

The Carnival started at 1:00 p.m., following, for the first time, a revised route. The annual event started at the Yaborough area, as it traditionally does, moving onto Central American Boulevard. This year, however, the Carnival turned on to Vernon Street, instead of going up to Princess Margaret Drive.

After Vernon Street, it moved to Youth for the Future Drive, Douglas Jones Street, Cinderella Plaza, Kelly Street, Baymen Avenue, and then Princess Margaret Drive, ending at the Marion Jones Sporting Complex.

Bands were judged on various criterion, including durability of costume, creative use of colors and carnival spirit.

Bands also received points from their performances in mass camp inspections held before carnival day.

The winners will be named on Sunday.

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