Mardi Gras Kaleidoscope
July 9, 2004

Mardi Gras Kaleidoscope

Fanfare for Dragons Cultural Organisation

Next year, Dragons Cultural Organisation will mark forty years as a Mas Band. They have already chosen the theme for that presentation. It will be called ‘celebrate.’
One year before that anniversary, Dragons have every reason to rejoice. They are the 2004 Band of the Year winners. They copped the title with 396 points.{{more}}
Dragons depicted ‘Fanfare,’ with ten sections designed by Trinidad and Tobago born Michael Anthony Johnson.
Those were Fandango, Fanfare, Fancy Sailor, Fantasia, Fantasy, Fantastic, Fan Bearer, Fan tail, Decorative Fan, and Sea Fan.
Elliot Telesford, Dragon’s leader, attributed the success to “hard work and dedication.”
Elliot was in a jubilant mood when contacted last Wednesday evening. He disclosed that the band members were “elated” and overjoyed.” But he paid tribute to “dedication and perseverance” of the band members.
Telesford was not too taken up with the triumph however. He predicted: “Next year will be better.”
He reflected on the band’s history and pointed out: “We went through a lot of adversity.”
Dragons copped their last band of the Year title was in 1996 when they depicted ‘Warriors of the sun.’
Telesford reflected on Dragons as the oldest Mas band here and pointed out: “We have a legacy.”
Dragons beat Digicel Nelson Bloc who presented ‘Our Caribbean Civilisation,’ in the Parade of the bands. KFC SVG Players International placed third with their portrayal ‘Viva Las Vegas.’
Guinness Blondie Bird and Friends who portrayed Mexic placed fourth, Sting Wizards Mas Camp with ‘Celestial’ fifth, and High Voltage Mas Production who depicted ‘Glita and Glamourous’ was sixth.
Owen Ralph and the Professionals with ‘Agricultural diversification’ placed seventh, Mirage Productions ‘Fun lovers Hawaiian style,’ took the eighth spot. Melbourne Artisans: ‘Mas is Mas’ was ninth and Beautex International: ‘Gateway to my Fantasy,’ tenth.
However, Heineken Dragons Cultural Organsiation was ranked third in the Up Town results for Tuesday. Digicel Nelson Bloc was adjudged winner and Guinness Blondie Bird and Friends placed second.