Dominica’s Carnival results 2013

Revelers in Roseau on Carnival Monday. Photo by Zaimis Olmos
Revelers in Roseau on Carnival Monday. Photo by Zaimis Olmos

The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) on Monday  announced the results of DFC-organized  2013 Carnival competitions, as the curtains came down on another year of the island’s well-known pre-lenten carnival festivities.

The results are for events organized by the DFC as part of its 2013 Mas Domnik – The Real Mas – carnival programme which ran from January 7th, 2013 with the Official Media Launch to last lap on Carnival Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

The results include winners of the Opening Parade Float Competition, J’ouvert Mas, Carnival Monday Traditional Mas and School Bands Competition and the Parade of Costumed Bands on Carnival Tuesday

The following are the results for the various DFC Competitions for Carnival 2013:

Best Business Float   –  Carib  Beer Float

Lapo Kabwit joint award 4:00am START –  Newtown Lapo Kabwit & Gutter Lapo  Kabwit


MALE : Andy Carter –  Click Clacks- “I only come for the rum and the party”
FEMALE:  Danielle Leslie – “Splendour of Beauty”

4.   SPECIAL AWARD: Only steel band on the road and for excellent performance: The Rhythm and Steel Orchestra

5. BEST J’Ouvert GROUP:   Jean Bois – “Bushman Carnival”

6. LONGEST Lapo Kabwit on the Road:  Gutter  Lapo Kabwit

7. LARGEST Old Mas Group:  Friendship Crew

8. BEST Costumed Group:  Super  Heroes “The A- Team”


BEST Old Mas Band: Carnival Corner
2nd PLACE: Waseen Gawbe
3rd PLACE: Weed Master


BAND of the year – PRIMARY school: St. Martin Primary                                                                      “Nursery rhymes Nature Island style”
2nd PLACE – Roseau primary – “Wonderland”
3rd PLACE – Dublanc/Bioche Primary – “We are what we ARE”
KING of the BAND:       Primary school – Roseau Primary
QUEEN of the BAND:    Primary school – St. Martin Primary

BAND of the Year – SECONDARY Schools Castle Bruce Secondary “Re-Union of our Native Birds”
2nd PLACE: Goodwill secondary – “Play your Cards right”
3rd PLACE: Isaiah Thomas Secondary – School of Knowledge – “Education is the Key”
KING of the BAND: Secondary School – “Castle Bruce Secondary”
QUEEN of the BAND: Secondary School –  “Goodwill Secondary”

11.   BEST FLOAT of the YEAR  – Dos’dane  Primary   “Paper Explosion”
2nd PLACE: Goodwill Secondary “Swimming with the Dolphins”
3rd PLACE: Castle Bruce Secondary “Nature at its Best”

12.  ADULT CARNIVAL BAND PARADE BAND OF THE YEAR: Thunderbirds “Viva South America”
2nd place: Mercury “Ancient Times”
3rd place: Carnival Corner “The Legends of Atlantis”
ADULT King of the Band – Carnival Corner
ADULT Queen of the Band – Africulture Stilt Walkers

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  1. Dublanc
    February 19, 2013

    Congratulations to the Dublanc/ Bioche Primary School for placing 3rd in the Children Carnival Band Parade.It was your first time. Next year 2014, if it is God’s will we will be sriving for 1st place. Many thanks to the parents and students who devoted thier time, special special thanks to Miss Pierre for your talent and time,keep up the good works. CONGRATS AGAIN!

  2. angel2
    February 19, 2013

    congrats roseau primary… big up charlan king of the parade

  3. Middle Age
    February 19, 2013

    For many years I observed the slow death of costume bands and the rise of t-shirt bands because there was nothing to excite young people into purchasing costumes. Then a few young persons step forward to cater to there peers and we saw the introduction of bands like Go Girls and Mercury. Year after year I have seen the numbers in these bands grow which shows more young persons are investing in carnival and purchasing costumes over t-shirts despite rising cost. Bands like Mercury are bring back young people and therefore ensuring carnival costume bands have a future. However regardless of their efforts the best they are awarded is second place. I commend the work done by Thunderbirds and Carnival Corner and they deserve their accolades over the years. This year however I observed Mercury was head and shoulders above the rest but it seems the old guard of judges have difficulty awarding them the Band of the Year award. Is the goal to discourage these young people and ensure the death of Mas Dominique? I think not but that is surely what will happen if we keep up this judging fiasco. Good work Mercury, I am looking forward to next year’s contribution and may even consider being part of your numbers.

    • LaMar 7284
      February 20, 2013

      Well said. I don’t see how Thunderbirds won over Mercury! Something is definitely wrong with the judging. :(

  4. February 19, 2013

    Its over, lets make it better and greater in 2014.God bless and am looking forward to next year.

  5. .
    February 19, 2013

    Good Job Castle Bruce Secondary.. I really liked the costumes

  6. SS
    February 19, 2013

    Every year these old ancient judges want to give thunderbirds best costume!!! Get over it!!! This was definitely not fair this year. And these people work so hard to make mercury costumes beautiful, different and up to the times, so that more and more young people and tourists can be intrigued and join. And every year this DFC judges give them a big slap in their face. Let Mercury decide to boycott next year.. stay with allu dead and gone thunder birds. See how much better carnival will be!!

  7. 2Cute
    February 19, 2013

    St.Martin Primary School.You deserve your winnings!

  8. Patriot
    February 19, 2013

    Where are the pics man…

  9. Helas!
    February 19, 2013

    Why are trying to kill the carnival?
    Who are those judges? Please publish their names, I would like to know how carnival corner could eclipse any of the grandbay bands.

    GrandBay shut their mouth, next time come bigger and better.

    The bands should know who will be judging!!!!!!

  10. cat
    February 19, 2013

    thunderbirds costumes are original and not imported. next year will be greater.

    • sexy shorty
      February 21, 2013

      Mercury costumes are all built in Dominica also. They are not imported. So if that is the reason for Thunder Birds winning it is weak and unfair

  11. old timer
    February 19, 2013

    Something is missing what a bout sweetest band on the road

  12. Carnival Lover
    February 18, 2013

    Those big exposed breast are not part of the costume. If they were Mercury would win first, second and third.

  13. February 18, 2013

    congratulation to the goodwill secondary school strive for first place next year to the devoted teachers and students who show intrest in making goodwill school what it is well done guys keep up the good work

  14. hart brooks
    February 18, 2013

    This is why our carnival is not improving at all when mercury band work so had to at least put a costume band on the road i don’t think the judges look at mercury on the road. carnival organizing committee please inform other groups that you all are only judging carnival corner with the same boring boring outfits year after year shame shame that’s why everybody will leave and go Trinidad in spite of the coast to much cheating in this country for nothing

    • Gosh
      February 20, 2013

      How carnival corner reach in your story there na? Thunderbirds that win!

  15. MIA
    February 18, 2013

    Come on judges. I was at the parade. Please give me a break. Which part of Carnival Corner was
    better than the 2 Sensay groups from Grand Bay. Talking of colour and display. You know what, KEEP ALLYOU CARNIVAL IN ROSEAU WE WILL KEEP OUR OWN IN GRAND BAY. Our costumes are original and creative, Your winners must be more creative with the same boring Christmas Decoration carnival costume they call sensay

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2013

      LOL – you all did not have enough exposed flesh

      • No face
        February 19, 2013

        I guess so. You are so right

  16. MIA
    February 18, 2013

    Come on judges. I was at the parade. Please give me a break. Which part of Carnival Corner was better than the 2 Sensay groups from Grand Bay. Talking of colour and display. You know what, KEEP ALLYOU CARNIVAL IN ROSEAU WE WILL KEEP OUR OWN IN GRAND BAY. Our costumes are original and creative, Your winners must be more creative with the same boring Christmas Decoration carnival costume they call sensay

  17. A Voice
    February 18, 2013

    I must say that the Carnival this year was nice and peaceful.

    Congratulations to the winners of the various competitions through out the carnival season.

    I enjoyed myself and look forward to the next carnival.

    But from my humble opinion there is lots of improvement to be made especially in Roseau.

    1) These gutters smell and they smell real bad. This is the economic and tourist center of Dominica and I cannot see how in that time and age some major engineering has not been done to curb that issue. This is a major shame for visitors and locals to be taking in that stench. Shame on the people responsible.

    2) In this time and age pot-a-potties ought to be placed around Roseau during carnival. It was disgraceful to see women having to be dodging behind cars and dark corners to relieve themselves. Men alike. Big shame that.

    3) For a country trying hard to attract tourism; I was totally shocked that a tourist boat was in town yesterday and businesses closed. Sunday or not, places that cater to tourist ought to remain open to cater to tourist especially when a tourist ship is in town. You guys dropping the ball here.

    4) Roseau is too congested. Too many little roads for too many vehicles. A car park ought to be built over the river for example and let people that work in Roseau walk into Roseau leaving the little roads less congested. Every where in the town is within five minutes walking distance.

    5) Too many derelict vehicles parked on the side of those small roads. Some of these vehicles so old that trees growing in them but they are taking up major space on these small roads posing a major threat to motorists and pedestrians alike. I am surprised that the folks responsible have not taken some major steps to address this issue. I do not get that one at all.

    6) Also too many stray dogs. All where you pass is end less gatay-wass all over the place.

    Saying all this, home is home. I just wanna see improvements in the place…

    • Not a fan
      February 19, 2013

      I agree with the Pot a Potties comments. I was in Barbados some time ago during their Crop Over and somewhere in the middle and end of the costume bands, a flat bed truck carried about 6 to 8 pot a potties that the people used to relieve themselves. We need to upgrade indeed

    • Anonymous
      February 19, 2013

      7. Get rid of the paros that all up in your face and eating from the garbage bins.

    • Yes
      February 19, 2013

      We need proper sidewalks and get rid of all those broken down buildings in town also all the business owners who ‘been operating in the same old ugly building these places are begging for a face lift.roseau looks like an old village

      • Dominican
        February 24, 2013

        I always maintain, it’s just a bigger village

    • D/ca to de Bone( for
      February 19, 2013

      Agreed with your entire comment ‘A Voice’ hope someone in authority , the Minister of Culture, all stakeholders involve in carnival and Tourisim, the Mayor of Roseau and the Prime Minister read your comment.

  18. Bwa Bwa Fan
    February 18, 2013

    Job well done for the title Queen of the Band: Afrikulture Stilt Walkers – “Feenix Fyah”

  19. jamilia
    February 18, 2013

    carnival corner deserve to win didnt u see how they shined in the sunlight

  20. puss mwen
    February 18, 2013

    Mercury deserves first prize. A set of old people judging and living in the past. When when when.

  21. stupssssssssssssss
    February 18, 2013

    one thing if is not carnival corner is thunder birds that getting first prize every year with dem boring costume they does hv there…i mean c’mon…who r the judges of this…..they can never give mercury or go girls their first prize they deserve….stupssssssssssssssssssss

  22. Anonymous
    February 18, 2013

    why is it that mercury never gets first place? these people were so cute>>>>>>>

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2013

      yes I know we were cute and sexy. But really we only came for the rum and the party!Majority of the people in that band was intoxicated we just couldnt follow instructions like we in the army. I enjoyed myself to the max It was a great carnival celebration this year.

  23. Carib lover
    February 18, 2013

    Yessssss!!!! Go team Carib. These guys are marketing kings. Congrats to Geoff and his team.
    Carib Beer de Beer we like to drink.

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