Over one million dollars in prize money have been paid out by the Spicemas Corporation (SMC) to winners of the 2016 Summer Festival with the National Queen, Samantha Francis walking away with the bulk of the prizes.
During the prize-giving ceremony that took place last week Saturday at Club Galaxy on the Carenage, St. George’s, Francis who represented St. George’s is to receive a full scholarship to attend St. George’s University.
In addition, the 2016 National Queen received one year’s supply of designer glasses, fragrances, designer handbags, skin-care products, cosmetics, jewelry, and a diamond wristwatch.
The winner of the Digicel Soca Monarch awarded is Jalon “Boyzie” Olive, Calypso Monarch, Finley “Scholar” Jeffrey, Groovy King is Shondell “Dash” Amanda, and road march went to Little Natty and Thunder.
The King of the Band Winner of the Fancy Band Section went to Rainbow City, RKD and Associates occupied the second position, while Lazarus Antoine and Associates placed third.
In the Fancy Mas section of the Queen of the Band, it was RKD and Associates in first place, followed by Rainbow City, while Lazarus Antoine and Associates took the third spot.
Band of the Year prize went to Rainbow City, while this year’s winner of the Monday Night Mas Band is Carib.
The first position in traditional mas band of the year was taken by Hermitage Shortknee, Coast Guard Youth came in second position and third spot was occupied by Demonic Angels.
House of Justice won the Pageant, second was Hermitage Shortknee, and Moyah Shortknee placed third.
Jab-jab Band of the Year went to The Real Jab-jab.
In the traditional section of the Children’s Carnival Frolic (CCF), Hermitage Shortknee placed first, House of Justice took the second prize, while Coast Guard Youth from St. Mark’s received the third prize.
In another traditional category of CCF, the top prize went to Demonic Angels, followed by Telescope Apache with Maypole Dancers coming in third.
King of the Band in CCF was awarded to Francis Redhead and Associates, while Queen of the band went to Commancheros and Associates.
The CCF title of Band of the Year was given to Commancheros and Associates while the Junior and Senior Panorama Champions is Flow Commancheros.
Although the Steel Band Director on SMC Board, Wendy Tamar-Ashby was on hand to collect the major trophies on behalf of the steel band fraternity, none of the participating steel bands at both the junior and senior championships were present at the prize-giving ceremony.
An official of the steel band movement told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that the absence of many steelband players from the prize-giving ceremony was a form of protest.
The action stems from the scant courtesy given to pan on panorama night, which had to compete with a private show at the same venue.
The competition, which saw nine steel bands participating was rushed, and at the end of the show, Flow Commancheros, which emerged winners was not given the opportunity to take to the stage to celebrate the victory.