A wild win

The Valley Boys came out victorious in the 2019 Junkanoo Boxing Day Parade yesterday, placing at the top in four categories.

The win is the group’s second consecutive victory, having won the 2019 New Year’s Day Parade.

With giraffes, zebras, elephants and other flora and fauna, the group brought vibrant costumes inspired by the East Africa savannah to spectators on Bay Street under the theme “Wildlife on the Great Serengeti”.

It earned a score of 81.44 points.

The Valley Boys won Best Banner, Best Music, Best Off-the-Shoulder and Best Shirley Street Performance.

The group also secured second place in the Best Overall Costume. However, it placed in last position for Best Lead Costume, in fourth for Best Performance and third for Best Choreography.

The prime minister rushed with the Saxons Superstars, which placed second overall in the A category, performing under the theme “Join in the Fight Against Cancer”.

With a score of 80.01 points, the group took home the Best Lead Costume and Best Step Down categories.

The theme highlighted various common forms of cancer, noting that everyone in the audience has been touched by the disease.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis shook cowbells as he passed through Rawson Square.

With 77.66 points, the Genesis Warhawks placed third under the theme “The Wedding: A Road to Forever”.

One Family won Best Costume, Best Free Dance, Best Choreography and Best Overall Performance, but placed fourth overall out of the five groups with 68.19 points.

Roots, whose theme was “Dream Vacation: A world of Beauty”, came fifth with 64.31 points.

The results were announced at 2:30 p.m. yesterday at Trinity Place, a drastic change from the typical evening announcement at Arawak Cay.

Notably missing were group members and leaders, as well as spectators. As the winners were announced, there was near silence.

A few One Family supporters stood outside, and expressed disappointment with the outcome. Many were shocked at the group’s poor placement in the overall results. Parade spectators who watched the group early Boxing Day morning said they rocked Bay Street.

As for the B category, Colours won with 80.86 points; Original Congos were second with 65.21 points; Redland Soldiers placed third with 57.92 points; Body of Christ placed fourth with 56.30 points; Fancy Dancers were fifth with 55.97 points; Conquerors for Christ placed sixth with 48.74 points; and New Vikings finished seventh with 34.77 points.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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