Basseterre was filled with colour and splendour New Year Monday as thousands of revellers dressed up in their costumes from the six mas camps on show during the Grand Carnival Parade which brought the annual Carnival event to a close.
The six mas camps were Kitti-Vincee Artisans, Solid SKB mas camp, Phunn Vybz, DFX, Fun Teenz and Ultra Carnival. All the mas camps were well represented though Ultra and Phunn Vybz were much larger than the others.
The troupes were supported by music from the DJs and Jam Bands as they wound their way through the streets of Basseterre. Their aim was to wow the judges and the thousands who lined the streets braving the baking hot Caribbean sun.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Hon. Shawn Richards found time to let down his hair and enjoy the festivities forming part of the Phunn Vybz troupe. The troupes also made an appearance at Warner Park to perform on stage at the final judging point for the mas camps.
History was made in the Senior Calypso Monarch finals, when for the first time in 46 years a female captured that title when Miss Independent won the nod of the judges with her renditions of “Where is the Leadership” and “It taste de same”.
However, at the end of the day Ultra Carnival with their “A Wanderers Dream” won most of the awards dancing away capturing the Best Troupe Award, Largest Troupe, Most Punctual Troupe as well as King and Queen of the Bands with their Viva Mexico and Queen Poinciana portrayals.
The Troupes came back on the road Tuesday for the Last Lap Jam and final celebrations as the carnival festivities drew to a close.
Winning the Road March was the”Drop the Puppy” song from the Small Axe Band, giving that group its fifth Road March title in the past six years
Speaking to media personnel during the Grand Carnival Parade Deputy Prime Minister Shawn Richards indicated that he was pleased with the organization of the parade. “As far as I am concerned, the parade got off to a late start, other than that, the parade has been good, I have been enjoying it…,” he said.
Commenting on the new initiative of heading to Warner Park and have each troupe performing on stage Richards stated that he thought there were some logistical issues that would be worked out in the future.
“Going forward it is for the Carnival Committee to learn from this and make the necessary adjustments.”
Richards also spoke to how he enjoyed participating in the Parade on Monday. “I think it has been a good experience. As I said from the start, I am enjoying Carnival. Carnival is about all of us, and you can only really enjoy Carnival if you get in the mix and participate.”
Other winners from Sugar Mas were Shanniqua Lanns who is the new National Carnival Queen, after she defeated five other delegates in that pageant. Egyptian Devils was also announced as the winners of the best Jouvert Troupe Award.