Mahendra Ramkellawan is Road March king
Telephone giant Digicel carted off the best costume band prize and Mahendra Ramkellawan was adjudged Road March king following the conclusion of Wednesday’s Mashranini float parade.
Digicel, which had thrilled onlookers with its ‘Royalty’ band, won in the full costume category of the costume band and float parade contest.
Second prize was awarded to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport while the Ministry of Health placed third.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs, whose participants were bedecked in full Amerindian wear, was adjudged the winner in the medium band and float category
The Ministry of Tourism and Guyana Tourism Authority and Region Four placed second and third respectively.
At the end of the revelry, it also came as no surprise that Mahendra Ramkellawan was crowned Road March King for his popular chutney hit ‘Dem a Watch Meh’. He is perhaps the first chutney singer to win this prize.
Earlier in the week, Ramkellawan had to be content with third prize in the Chutney category, which was won by Sechitra (Fiona) Singh, with Harresh Singh placing second.
In the small float and band category, the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and the Linden Hospital Complex placed first, second and third.
First prize for best semi-costume (large) went to the Ministry of Local Government, with the Body of Christ and Slingshot placing second and third.
The best semi-costume (medium category) went to the National Coordinating Committee (Volunteers); second prize to Region Ten, with Guyana Forestry Commission coming in third.
In the best semi-costume (small category) Digicel placed first, second place went to Deaf in Guyana and third to Changed Life Deaf Church.
Digicel again made its presence felt, placing first in the individual (King)
Category, while the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport and the Ministry of Health tied in the individual (Queen) category.
Digicel also placed first in the male and female (individual) categories.
The recent celebrations also showed that steel-pan music is still alive—even if only during Mashramani.
Parkside steel Orchestra edged out its competitors in the large steelband category while the Guyana Police Force and Pan Groove placing second and third.
The steeIpan players of North Ruimveldt Multilateral came in first in the school category. Dolphin Secondary had to be content with second prize and Pan Wave Academy third.
First prize in the church steelband category went to St Andrew’s Kirk with the Central Assembly of God placing second.
Other awards in various categories were:
Non-Commercial – 1st – Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport
Non Commercial – Decorated
National Aids Programme Secretariat 1st
Guyana Police Force – passport Office 2nd
Ministry of Agriculture 3rd
Non-Commercial – Decorated & Illuminated
Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport 1st
Ministry of Home Affairs 2nd
Ministry of Finance 3rd
Commercial – Illuminated
Stabroek Market 1st
Commercial – Decorated & Illuminated
Banks DIH 1st
National Communications Network 2nd
KFC – Vlissengen Rd 3rd
Schools – Decorated & Illuminated
South Ruimveldt Primary 1st
Ascension Secondary School 3rd
Schools – Decorated
St Ambrose Primary 1st
Sophia Special School 2nd
Winfer Gardens Primary 3rd Page 3 of 3
Tennicia De Freitas 1st
Manoel Ferreira – Perai 2nd
Diana Chapman 3rd
Michael Smith Jr. 1st
Omari Austin 2nd
Rapheal Nunes 3rd
Jovanka Williams 1st
Ray Sparman 2nd
Clayton Daniels 3rd
Colgrain Whyte & Troy Hunte 1st
Clayton Daniels & Tarique 2nd
Cary Gillis & Jovanka Williams 3rd
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