By Stephen Weir
You could tell that everyone was pumped to cheer on the children. A city ambulance stuck a Trinidadian flag on its hood. A Caribbean man donned a banana costume and walked the parade route handing out bananas to the junior revellers. Local politicians waved and cheered and parents cried for joy when they saw their kids play mas on Neilson Road in Malvern!
If you were able to ignore the punishingly hot sunshine and the lack of a cooling wind, Saturday’s Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day was a great day to be in Malvern. There were over 2,000 little masqueraders wearing costumes belonging to nine competing bands. An estimated 8,000 people lined the parade route.
“We hired one ambulance to attend the parade and the city sent another two and a cool-down bus” parade organizer Eric Delfish. While there were a number of heat- related calls along the parade route “most of the people treated were adults!”
Mayor John Tory and Deputy Mayor, Michael Thompson, along with other councillors and MPPs cut a ribbon to start the 5-hour parade, which ends with an exciting Family Day event at Neilson Park.
Many came to see Adrian Duncan, Trinidad’s 16-year old four-time junior calypso monarch. Duncan is a hot commodity on Netflix. His 2015 song “Can You Feel It” is featured in the film Dolphin Kick.
The Junior Chef Culinary Competition, sponsored by Grace Foods Canada Inc, provides a platform for young aspiring chefs to demonstrate their culinary skills and promote passion for healthy eating and lifestyle with their first cooking teacher – their parents.
This year the $700 title prize was won by Neraj St Ange and his Mother Misha Edwards. Neraj and his St. Vincent Canadian mom with an offering of grilled chicken in a coconut cream, and seasoned with jerk sauce. The side dish they made was Breadfruit salad.
This year’s winners:
Band of the Year –Jamaal Magloire’s Toronto Revellers. Band Theme: Treasure Island
2nd Place – Curtis Eustace’s Lil Nationz. Band Theme: Savannah
3rd Place – Louis Saldenah’s Mas K Camp. Band Theme: Heart Beat the Thrill of Life.
Junior Female Individual – Under 10 – SANAA JOSEPH-BRERETON, the Lil Devil – Sunlime
2nd Place – KHADIJAH SMITH, Music is Life – Costume Creators
3rd Place – SAVANNAH WRIGHT, Princess of the Sea, Toronto Revellers
Junior Male Individual – Under 10 – MARQUEE ST. LOUIS, The Lost Pirate, Toronto Revellers
2nd – JOANAN PRINCE CAGE DUNCAN, Look De Mas Coming, Carnival Nationz
3rd – NYZE JOHN, Venomous Bat, Venom Carnival
Junior Female Individual – Under 16 – JADA WHITE – Heat Wave In The City, Sunlime Canada
2nd Place, LEILA ADORE LINO, The Rise of the Phoenix, Fantazia Carnival
3rd Place, CHIONE REDHEAD, Monarch Butterfield, Venom Carnival
Junior Male Individual – Under 16 – AMARI BOWEN-OTCHERE, Lord Voldermort, Tribal Carnival
2nd Place, MARQUEE ST. LOUIS. Lost Pirate, Toronto Revellers
3rd place – JOANAN PRINCE CAGE DUNCAN, Look De Mas, Carnival Nationz
Queen – SADIE MURPHY. Burrokeet Come To Town, Carnival Nationz
2nd Place – KAYLINDA MUPESSE – Love and Emotion, Mas K Camp
3rd Place – MAKEDA JOSEPH-BRERETON –Carousel of Love, Sunlime
King – JALIL VINCENT RAMPERSAD – The Jester Grin – EPIC Carnival
2nd place SKYLLER GEORGE – The Midnight Robber – The Toronto Revellers
3rd place – ELIAS DASQUE – Heartbeat of the Itsy-Bitsy Spider – Mas K Camp