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Thursday, 07 September 2017 00:00

On Saturday, September 2, 2017, carnival groups made their way to the Marion Jones Stadium to display the intoxicating shimmer and color of their costumes. The event started as early as 5:00 p.m. where a total of 8 judges did their prejudgment. During this segment of the judging, the costumes were looked at for its sturdiness, use of color, as well as mobility of the costume. Quite importantly, the judges looked for how well of a job the reveler did portraying and using the costume as well as how well he or she explained the meaning behind the costume.

Two groups did not make the competition so there were a total of 14 bands, 8 juniors and 6 seniors, competed in the King and Queen Competition.  Irahunu Mas Band from Seine Bight Village and Caribbean Treasure Band from Belize City removed themselves from the competition and carnival activities but Caribbean Treasure Band will participate in the road march as a participant and not a competitor.

After prejudging, the competitors jumped and partied in their costumes for those in attendance. Some costumes were being paraded by first timers while others were being showcased by carnival veterans. From young to not so young, the participants marched the field to display the stories behind their colors.

At the end of the night, both the Senior King and Queen went to the representatives from Belizean Jewels. The Belize Jewels Mas band almost did not participate in the carnival this year but used it as an opportunity to advocate for cancer. Their theme this year is “Cancer Warriors Dancing for the Cure.”

Second for Queen and King went to Soca Moca and Titans, respectively. Soca Moca also placed third for Senior King and Mother Nature placed third for Senior Queen.

The juniors also had their time to showcase the beauty that was their costumes. In the end, Jump Street Posse prevailed in both the King and Queen Categories while Mahogany placed second for both and Black Pearl placed third for both. It is now Jump Street Posse’s fourth consecutive year that their Queens have reigned.