Whenever you hear the word carnival, a tropical sensation may tickle your mind, with hips gyrating and high energy jumping to every sound that makes its way from high-powered speaker boxes. An exciting West Indian tradition indeed.
Whichever aspect there is in concern of the genre keeps you on your toes, and the announcement of the Adult Band of the Year by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) was no exception. The winners of the Caribbean Carnival were revealed by WIADCA, with Skymaxx Mas winning Adult Band of the Year for their presentation of “Into the Wild.”
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Big Boy Productions (Tribe is Colors), Banboche (Heritage), Branches, Suga Candy Mas (Zodiac Signs), 1199 SIEU Social Cultural Committee (Phoenix Rising), Antoine International (Erotica), BParadise (Villains of Arkam), Greenz United (Amazonia), I am Caribbeing (Diaspora), and Branches (Enchanted Garden), are the other contenders for Adult Band of the Year 2023 title.
Big Boy Productions’ Patrick Prescott, who played D’King Zion, earned the title of King of Carnival, while Shani Bulter, who played Goddess of D’Purple Jewels, took home the title of Queen of Carnival.
The contenders who competed for the Queen of Carival title include, Rebirth by Sherzel Productions; Phoenix Rising by 1122 SIEU Cultural Committee; B’way: A Journey through Life by D’Midas International NY, Inc.; Viva La Mexico by Stronjeh Kids; The Gods and Goddesses by Brooklyn United; Welcome to Niagara Falls by New Horizon Mas; Carnival Dreamz by Jubilee Mas & Hook’d Carnival; Enhanced Garden by Inspired by Zoe; and Fusion by Mas Productions Unlimited are just a few examples.
Junior King was awarded to King Mansa Musa, The Third, played by Rajon Vessup and produced by Kaisokah Moko Jumbies.
Goddess Of Love And Beauty was won by Phoenix Thornhill-Clarke of Kaisos Platinum Kids Mas, who played Queen Parvati.