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Trinidad: Ganja, coronavirus the hot topics

The legalisation of marijuana and the international coronavirus health crisis were two of the more popular topics for J’Ouvert King and Queen competitors, as 24 masqueraders sought to impress judges with their creativity, wit and antics early on Carnival Monday morning in Port of Spain.

The competitors, consisting of 18 men and six women took turns taking jabs at international and local leaders as they gave humorous and thought-provoking portrayals with costume and performances.

Despite spirited portrayals from all masqueraders, the Pierre clan continued their reign as J’Ouvert King and Queen with father and daughter, Herbert and Lillian Pierre, copping the respective titles for their portrayal of opposition leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.

Veteran masquerader Herbert Pierre, 75, captured the attention of both judges and spectators alike as the opposition leader. His portrayal entitled, “I now frighten of what I said and did,” critiqued remarks made by Persad-Bissessar in which she predicted bloodshed if she was not re-elected.

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