By William Ysaguirre
The Jump Street Masqueraders swept both junior Queen and King titles, while the Erotic Mas Band won senior Queen and Mother Nature’s Creations captured the senior King title, when the National Institute for Culture and History (NICH) hosted the annual Carnival kings and queens competition at the Rogers Stadium in Belize City last Saturday night, September 6.
Eight junior Queens vied for the $4,000 first prize but Jump Street’s Kalisha Mckay most impressed the judges with her Carnival spirit as she scintillated in a yellow and gold costume as Queen Mia, Princess of the Amazon.
Monika Nunez of the Sunshine Masqueraders augured doom and gloom in her Queen Deandre de Lucifer costume, which won the $3,000 second prize; while Keana Pollard of the Trenchtown Masqueraders in her Queen Iris costume, won the $2,000 third prize.
Jump Street’s Alfred Lynch, in his costume as King Kamandala of the Mystic Warriors of the Amazon, won the $4,000 first prize in the junior King competition, while 13-year-old Warren Smith of the Trench Town Masqueraders, in his King Cyphius costume, won the $3,000 second prize. Young Sean Theus of the Pickstock Mas Band in his King Lala costume took home the $2,000 third prize.
Seasoned Carnival dancer Anita Hamilton of the Erotic Mas Band, in her Queen Athena costume, scored 578 pts to win the $5,000 top prize over six other rivals in the senior Queen competition. Amanda Taylor of the Evolution Mas Band in her Queen Ixtabai costume won the $3,500 second prize, and Mother Nature’s Creations’ Queen Budea scored 530 pts to win the $2,500 third prize.
Mother Nature’s Creations took the $5,000 top prize in the senior King competition as Roy Briceño portrayed King Fluoro in what was easily one of the largest costumes in the Kings’ contest.
K-9 cop Brent Hamilton of the Erotic Mas Band won the $3,500 second prize with his King Cetan costume, and 22-year-old George Parks of the Soca Moca band, won the $2,500 third prize with his King Venomous costume, portraying a Lionfish.