Central Elite is Chaguanas Band of the Year

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by: Shastri Boodan

Cen­tral Elite’s pre­sen­ta­tion of Bring the Rhythm has tak­en the large Band of the Year ti­tle in this year’s Ch­agua­nas Car­ni­val cel­e­bra­tions.

The band’s in­di­vid­u­als Mar­lon Fran­cois (Mas is We Thing), Aris­sa Gar­cia (We Need Love) and Daen Fran­cois (Bring Down the Pow­er) al­so swept the King, Queen and Fe­male In­di­vid­ual ti­tles.

Sec­ond place in the large band cat­e­go­ry went to Chase Vil­lage Car­ni­val’s Wings. Chase Vil­lage’s Sel­wyn Fran­cis, with his por­tray­al of The Ea­gle Soars, al­so won the Male In­di­vid­ual ti­tle.

The small band cat­e­go­ry was won by Cre­ative Ex­pres­sions for their Ma­ma Dis is Mas while Mad­ness Crew’s Deep Blue Sea placed sec­ond.

Car­ni­val com­mit­tee chair­man Or­lan­do Nages­sar said he was hap­py to see a large turnout of band and spec­ta­tors this year. He said he was es­pe­cial­ly pleased to see more youth in­volve­ment in tra­di­tion­al mas, adding J’Ou­vert cel­e­bra­tions had grown ex­po­nen­tial­ly in Ch­agua­nas with more than 25,000 spec­ta­tors at­tend­ing the event.

Nages­sar said J’Ou­vert was on the rise part­ly due to the greater fes­tive en­vi­ron­ment that sur­rounds this part of Car­ni­val and the low cost of play­ing in a J’Ou­vert band.

ASP Richard Smith said there were a few in­ci­dents of fights and a few ar­rests of peo­ple with weapons such as knives. Smith said apart from this there were no ma­jor in­ci­dents for cel­e­bra­tions in Cen­tral.

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