The top ten kings and queens of Carnival move on to the grand finals on Dimanche Gras at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday.
Veteran mas man Ted Eustace leads the charge for the kings, with his costume The Conquistador placing first with 403 points. His black, red, and silver costume with skulls and serpents told the story of conquistadors who were tricked into giving up their souls to achieve a victory.
Second place was taken by Kyle Anthony Matas’ Creatio Ex Nihlo – The Eternal Source of Light Divine (Tribute to Dennis Matas), with 399 points. His moko jumbie costume was surrounded by fluorescent lights and large sequins, and had moving parts which spun independently of each other.
Third place went to Joel Lewis’ Waterfall Oracle, a white moko jumbie with a silver headpiece and wings, based on Wilson Harris’ novel Carnival. This portrayal netted 394 points.
Among the queens, reigning queen Shynel Brizan took first place with her portrayal Aimee A Dancer of Freedom’s Cousinship to Epitaphs of Fate, a moko jumbie clad in a flamelike costume dancing in a nightclub. She was awarded 423 points.
Second place went to Dana Rampersad’s For the Love of TT – A Tribute to TT, which featured scarlet ibises and chaconia in a 30 foot high presentation which showcased the vibrancy of the people of TT.
In third place with 388 points was Marie Eligon’s Cleansing Fire, whose white dove-like wings with red, gold, and blue swirls, represented the African Baptist fire which was used to pray for peace in TT.
Top ten Kings:
Name - Portrayal - Band - Final Score
Ted Eustace -
Conquistador - Breakaway Beats -
Kyle Anthony Matas -
– The Eternal Source of Light Divine - Cyber Nation -
Joel Lewis -
Oracle - Carnival -
Joseph Lewis -
Udeveli Oluhlaza – The Haunted Jab of Canboulay - Wonders of this World –A Tribute to TT -
Marlon Rampersad -
Hades, King of the Underworld - Ancient Times -
Russell Grant -
The Resurrection Mule - Carnival -
Ronald Barney Blaize -
Legacy of the Mighty Spartans - A Tik Tok Affair -
Raymond Mark -
The Feathered Serpent Creature Ku Kul Kan - Mythical Creatures -
Ravi Lakhan -
Tribute – Jesters of the Tainted Past - Wonders of this World – A Tribute to TT -
Tekel Sylvan -
Believe It Or Not They Are Here - Betwix and Between
Top ten Queens:
Shynel Brizan -
Aimee A Dancer of Freedom’s Cousinship to Epitaphs of Fate - Carnival -
Dana Rampersad -
For the Love of TT - Wonders of this World – A Tribute to TT -
Marie Eligon -
Cleansing Fire - Limbo -
Savitri Holassie -
Masquerade – The Hidden Beauty - Wonders of this World – A Tribute to TT -
Laura Rampersad -
Athena Goddess of War and Wisdom - Ancient Times -
Takeyah Fletcher Marshall -
The Spirit of Carnival – Tribute to Roland St George - Lovin D Mas -
Nisu Nathu Hari -
Khione: Winter’s Enchantress - Ascendance: A Journey Through Time -
Priya Nagassar -
The Mother of All Carnivals – Celebrations - Celebration of Our People -
Krystal Thomas -
Sa Sa Yea - Breakaway Beats -
Ruth Adams Mendez -
The Emergence of the Maraval Lily - Reconte-Moi Une Histoire (Tell Me A Story) -