While the young and young at heart revelled in the paint, powder and water during J’Ouvert festivities in San Fernando, there wasn’t much for the older spectators who came out hoping to see traditional mas.
There was only defending champions Blue Boy who offered some political and social satirical portrayals for the judges and spectators at Harris Promenade on Carnival Monday, prompting concerns that the artform may be dying.
Ronel Pierre was crowned the 2019 King of J’Ouvert, while his cousin — the seasoned Lynelle Pierre copped the 2019 Queen of J'Ouvert title after losing to her mother last year.
They were coached by their grandfather Herbert “Natty” Pierre, who helped assemble their props and costumes for the traditional old mas competition which took place at South Quay, Port-of-Spain.
The two credited their success to the patriarch who is the brainchild behind their presentations.
CNC3's Carisa Lee captured these images of downtown Carnival
CNC3's Mark Bassant captured these images as masquerades crossed the stage.
Megan Merrick has been crowned Miss Central Carnival Queen.
She won the title on Saturday night when the pageant came off at the Couva Public Car Park.
Merrick took home a $6,000 cash prize, trophies, and a hamper.
Megan, who is a student of the Holy Faith Convent, competed against six other finalists.
She also took the titles of Miss Elegance, Miss Intelligence, and the Best Gown.
Placing second was Daniella Williams who also copped the award for Best Costume. In the third spot was Aiesha Blaze.
Roger Sambury copped the 2019 National Stick-fighting title at the Arima Velodrome on Wednesday night.
St Mary’s resident Sambury defeated Anderson Marcano, from Princes Town, to the delight of a packed audience who gathered at the Velodrome to witness one of the Carnival staples.
In the final, Marcano and Sambury initially entered the gayelle and danced in circles feeling out each other, almost like a boxing match but with one-inch thick poui branches that were as much as four feet long as their weapon of choice.
Party lovers headed to O2 Park in Chaguaramas on Sunday for the annual Jam Nation Feter.
Guardian Media was there to capture these images.