A masquerader from the band K2K Alliance and Partners

There was a surprising change to this year’s Band of the Year format.

Traditionally, the winner of each category of the Parade of the Bands (mini, small, medium and large) is declared Band of the Year in their respective categories.

However, this year an overall winner was chosen from among the categories.

Medium band winners K2K Alliance and Partners was today named the 2019 Parade of the Bands "overall"winner.

K2K’s presentation was titled “Through the Stained Glass Windows”.

At a press conference hosted by the National Carnival Commission (NCC) on Wednesday, chief judge for Carnival 2019, Nigel Eastman, explained the reason behind the new Band of the Year concept.

“In an attempt for fairness to all, the bandleaders were expressing their concern that the small bands and the medium bands is never eligible to get Band of the Year. And sometimes we have beautiful bands in the small, mini, and medium (categories). So as a result we decided to have an overall band,” he said.

“We have the winner of the mini, the winner of the small, the winner of the large band. There is a panel of ten adjudicators and they each vote on which one should be overall band of the year that expresses and shows excellence in Trinidad and Tobago Carnival in different aspects- in colour, in form, in shape in message.”

Eastman said a meeting was held and bandleaders agreed to the change.

However, Ronnie McIntosh of the large band Ronnie and Caro, told the Express this afternoon that he only learnt of the change when winners were announced today.

Ronnie and Caro placed second in the large band category this year.

Coming in first was the Lost Tribe.


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He was admitted and tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Marshall, 57, also had co-morbidities as he had previously suffered heart and kidney ailments.

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Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has knocked Moonilal, stating that the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine is safe and has undergone a rigorous assessment by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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Final year nursing students at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) in San Fernando say they are being denied their right to graduate and progress by the school’s administration.