Firebeaters’ King of the Road overwhelmed its competitors with its sheer numbers during Monday Night Mas in Scarborough. Although its revellers had a grand time, the large band placed second.
Led by Akins Hislop, the band celebrated soca superstar Machel Montano’s ten Road March victories, dating back to his 1997 monster hit, Big Truck. It had five sections in the colours pink and white, red, blue, black, and neon green.
The band’s masqueraders, who crossed the Old Market Square judging point on Wilson Road at around 10.30 pm, danced, sang and jumped in sheer bliss as Montano’s hits blared from speakers positioned on the northern end of the venue.
The revellers’ high-energy display wowed spectators, many of whom captured images and videos of the presentation on their cellphones.
Astra Winchester’s presentation, National Pride, placed first as it honoured personalities who placed TT on the world stage, including Janelle Penny Commissiong, the first woman of colour to win the Miss Universe pageant in 1977 and Tobago-born footballer Dwight Yorke, who enjoyed a stellar club and international career. It also acknowledged the contribution of the steelpan, the only new musical instrument created in the 20th century.