This past weekend’s Miami Broward Carnival may have been the best party of the year. But don’t be fooled. Carnival is serious business. It’s a war out there as bands strut their feathered, sequined stuff to capture the coveted crown.
The masquerade bands were judged for their visual impact, creativity, clarity of theme, and presentation. And this year did not disappoint, with the most ambitious performers and richly colorful costumes yet.
But only one can be called number one, and One Island came out on top, for their epic designs for “A Novel Idea,” inspired by popular fiction: think fiery feathers and neon scales inspired by “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” or bondage chains and silver ties for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Second place went to Euphoria Mass for their theme “Uncaged” inspired by Caribbean birds, while third place went to Generation X under their theme “The Spirit of Carnival.”
But Carnival is nothing without its King and Queen, and Mascot International dominated with their performers. Jean Pierre De Grannes was crowned King of Carnival for his portrayal of Picoca the Circus Ringmaster for Mascots International. And Shelia Boy was crowned as Queen for her portrayal of Nani Yehi for Island Gems Mas. To fill out the royal court, best male when to Raphael Dalrymple for Mascot International “Spirit of the Circus” and best female to Nicole DeNobriga for Mascot International’s “Mythical Legend of the Trapeze.”
Miami Broward Carnival’s littlest marchers were also recognized for their fabulous performances and costumes. For Junior Carnival, returning champions Heritage TNT nabbed the crown again for “Colors of Karma.” Second place went to Fun Generation Too for their theme, “Seeds of Sampson,” while third place went to Wassi Babes for “Dey in It.”
Returning champions, the Pantastik Steel Orchestra also kept the music going, emerging as the 2015 Panorama Champions.