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Sweet victory for Blondie Bird and Friends in Junior Carnival Band of the Year

Sweet victory for Blondie Bird and Friends in Junior Carnival Band of the Year

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Blondie Bird and Friends Mas band celebrated a sweet victory last Saturday at the Victoria Park, as they secured a hat-trick in the Junior Carnival Band of the Year competition.

With their 2016 presentation “Sweet Temptation,” the band topped five of the seven judged categories, with their two colour-blended{{more}} sections “Toys (Windmill)” and “Candy.”

The band, which is sponsored by Guinness, BMC Agencies and Hitz FM 103.7 FM and led by Elroy ‘Blondie Bird’ Boyd, repeated the results of last year when their portrayals “Temptation” and “Carnival” secured first and second place respectively in the individuals 5-9 category.

Their portrayal of “Money Worries” stole first place in the individuals 10-15 category – beating out Digicel Nelson Bloc’s “Waterfall”, which landed second place.

However, the band could not dethrone SVG International Players Mas Band, whose portrayal “Brazil” edged the Band of the Year winner into second place for another year in the uptown competition.

In the Junior Queen competition Blondie Bird and Friends barely held on, with their portrayal “Carnival” landing them in fourth place. They were topped by High Voltage Mas Production’s “Irish Spring”, Digicel Nelson Bloc’s “Queen Victoria” and SVG Players International Mas Band’s “Rio 2 – The Movie,” which placed first, second and third respectively.

They, however, redeemed themselves in the Junior King competition, where their “Money Worries” landed first place. They were followed by Digicel Nelson Bloc’s “Making of a Hero: Joseph Chatoyer” (2nd), SVG Players International Mas Band’s “Olympic Gold” (3rd) and Melbourne Artisans “The winged warrior of Tongo” (4th).

Blondie Bird and Friends’ “Windmill” and “Candy” secured first and second place, respectively, in the Best Junior Section. High Voltage Mas Production’s “Pear Soap” secured third place, while Digicel Nelson Bloc’s “Petroglyphs” and “Nine Mornings” copped fourth and fifth in the category.

For Junior Band of the Year, following Blondie Birds and Friends, Digicel Nelson Bloc placed second with their portrayal “Vincy sweet Vincy nice”. They were followed by High Voltage Mas Production – “All that lathers” (3rd), SVG Players International Mas Band – “Brazil – We going south” (4th), Imagination Mas Band – “Twelve Signs of Zodiac” (5th) and Melbourne Artisans – “Tribes Zambezi”.

The other results are as follows:

Individuals 5-9

3rd Digicel Nelson Bloc – Vincy sweet Vincy nice – Petroglyphs

4th Xtreme Fanatics SVG Mas Band – The Empowerment of Chaos – Nature’s Gift – Stardust (Girls)

Individuals 10-15

3rd Lynx Mas Band – Send this send that – Jewellery

4th Melbourne Artisans – Tribes Zambezi – Shona

Uptown Competition

3rd Digicel Nelson Bloc – Vincy sweet Vincy nice

4th Melbourne Artisans – Tribes Zambezi

5th High Voltage Mas Production – All that lathers

6th Mirage Productions – In full bloom

Blondie Bird and Friends would undoubtedly try to steal the crown from Digicel Nelson Bloc in this year’s Band of the Year competition, which takes place during Mardi Gras on Tuesday, July 5. (AS)

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