Event Date: March 30, 2008
Posted: April 06, 2008
The St. Charles R.C. Church in Tunapuna held their annual Easter Bonnet Parade and Tea Party on their compound on Sunday 30th March, 2008. Colourfully clad lads and lasses along with their fashionable parents were on hand for the wonderful afternoon of fun and entertainment.
Atinuke Moraldo-Tidd and an escort|
The entertainment kicked off at 2:45 p.m. with a medley of folk songs performed by the promising Tunapuna Girls' Choir, led by their Choir Mistress on the keyboard. From this start, the proceeding flowed smoothly into the Bonnet Competition, where the lasses in the 3 Years and Under Category paraded in front of the appreciative audience. Those too small to walk on their own remained cradled in their mothers' arm. In this 'cute baby' category, Nathaniel Arthur was adjudged third, Adira Ali second, while Waynia Mulzac walked away with the first prize.
Contestants in the 4-6 Age Group
In the 4-6 Age Group, the lasses made a big impression on the audience as they showed off their Easter-themed outfits to the audience. Escorted by neatly attired lads, the young girls showed great confidence and poise. Ilori Waithe was awarded the third prize, Tschana Noreiga the second prize, while confident Brianna De Peaza took the top prize with a stunning portrayal of 'Easter in England'.
Marianna Georges and her escort
In the 7-9 Age Group, the entertainment continued as flowers, bunnies, eggs and elaborate headdresses all formed part of the colourful and well-designed outfits that were showcased by the kids. In this category, Maia Wiltshire potrayed 'Sugar and Spice' which won her third place. Shania Ramjit showcased a elaborate layered pink dress with the title 'Pink Bunny Love' which won her second place. Despite the stiff competition, it was Marianna George who deservedly took top honours for her excellent presentation of 'One Pot of Brew: Caribbean Callaloo'.
The competition heightened even further in the 10-14 Age Group as the girls presented themes such as 'Easter Violet', 'Orange: A Sensational Easter Sunset', 'Easter in the Dry Season', 'Bloodshed Purity' and 'Sparkling Peach'. In this category, Zaria Pinder took the first prize with her outfit titled 'Easter in the Dry Season' which was a creative brown layered costume, with various fruits adorning her head piece. In second place was the elegant Tracelle Frederick with her portrayal of 'Sparkling Peach', while Netanya Keil with 'Easter Violet' took third place. In the 15-18 Category, the fact that there was only one contestant, Fariyah Ali did not take away from her enthusiasm or class as she treated the audience to her portrayal 'At the Easter Ball'.
The Easter Pageant was not only for the kids, as some of the parents came prepared to showcase their Easter outfits in the Adult category. While the costumes were not as elaborate as the children's, the ladies wowed the audience with their sassy moves. Mona De Peaza portraying 'Green in all its Glory' and Denise Bruce with 'Spring Time' in particular excited the audience. When the results were announced Lystra Mulzac was awarded third place, second place went to Kandis De Peaza, while the stylish Denise Bruce won the top prize.
Pan maestro Ken Philmore entertains the audience
While the patrons enjoyed tea and refreshments lucky ticket holders won door prizes of hampers. For those who thought the entertainment was finished, Pan maestro Ken 'Professor' Philmore delighted the audience with a dynamic display of Pan mastery for which he is so well-known. After his performance, Maria Alexander closed the show with a gospel rendition for which the audience showed appreciation. From the response by the patrons, the Easter Bonnet Parade and Tea Party was an overwhelming success. The creativity of the bright colourful outfits and bonnets and the poise and confidence of the children was very well-appreciated.
St. Charles R.C. Church Easter Bonnet Parade in pictures:
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