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Colours Filled the Streets of Basseterre on Parade Day

From the early afternoon until just after 9:00pm, the troupes, bands and folklore groups were dominant as they paraded from the Dr. William Connor Primary School, on Wigley Avenue, in West Basseterre, through the city centre, using Cayon Street, Pond Road, Sandown Road, Bay Road and Fort Street, providing great entertainment for spectators.par43

Despite a very late start, thousands of spectators lined the sidewalks of the parade route all waiting for their opportunity to get a glimpse of the parade.

The parade featured 6 different masquerade troupes, 3 bull troupes, a Moka Jumbie troupe and the Wilful Skilful clown troupe, which paraded in memory of the late Dwayne Sturge, (former Chairman of the Soca Monarch Committee), and included hundreds of clowns.

The children, who had their special day on Friday, 30th December, for the Children’s Carnival, also joined the senior revellers, attracting much attention with their own section of the parade.

The troupes that were on display were Banker Mas Camp, Fantasy Fashion and Phunn Makers, all of which had moderate numbers.

Also on display were individual mas players who are vying for the title of King and Queen of the Bands

The winners from the various carnival competitions were also on display, as well as the 2011/12 Carnival Grand Marshall, who was Ms. Hyacinth Percival-Rawlins.parade74

The parade was also the final opportunity for the Road March contending tunes, to make a final push and earn points ahead of the closing of judging on Monday evening.

Other awards which were up for grabs on Parade Day, included most colourful troupe, largest troupe and troupe of the year.

 

According to a carnival official, the various winners will be announced today, Tuesday (3rd January, 2012), a public holiday, and Last Lap.

 

 

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