Rules & regulations governing The GCC Fancy & Traditional Mas carnival competitions (Contd)


Press Release
May 23rd, 2011

Rules & Regulations Governing Fancy & Traditional Mas:

 
PRELIMINARY PREPARATIONS
 
FORMAT OF COMPETITIONS – DIMANCHE GRAS
 
BEST THEME PORTRAYAL – CARNIVAL MONDAY PARADE (PAGEANT)
 
CARNIVAL TUESDAY’S PARADE OF THE BANDS
 
BAND OF THE YEAR
 
JUDGES
 
AWARDS
 
SCHEDULE OF FEES

PRIZES

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FORMAT OF COMPETITIONS – DIMANCHE GRAS:

    1. All competitions will be adjudicated by judges sanctioned by the GCC.
    2. A band is defined as any presentation with a membership of seventy five (75) or more persons and carrying a banner depicting the title of the concept being portrayed.
    3. Bands can only register under any one (1) category of their choice
    4. Categories of Mas:
          • Historical
          • Fancy
          • Traditional
            • Old Time Mas
            • Shortnee
            • Vaycour
            • Maypole
            • Wild Indian
            • Mocco Jumbie
          • Visiting Bands and Non-GMBA Members
    5. Registration of Kings and Queens must include detailed description of costume, dimensions and name of participant.
            • Description of portrayal must be submitted to the GCC at least one (1) week prior to the competition
            • Musical selection should be communicated to the GCC at least one (1) week prior to the competition. Failure to do this may result in the GCC’s contracted service provider playing music of the season.
        • Kings and Queens must form part of a band and cross all judging points with their band on Carnival Monday and Tuesday in their parishes to qualify for awards.
        • Kings and Queens not complying with the rules governing the competitions for the entire season will forfeit all prior awards in their name.
        • Kings and Queens of the Band are not permitted to compete as individuals.
        • Minimum dimensions for Kings’ and Queens’ costumes are as follows:
          • Height of eight (8) feet from the waist
          • Width of twelve (12) feet from left to right or front to back.
          • Costumes not meeting the minimum dimensions will be disqualified.
    6. All costumes for competition must be made and produced locally.
    7. Mas camps must be assessable to the GCC or its designees for visiting during the season to ensure that the rules of the competitions are being followed.
    8. King and Queen Costumes must be at the Dimanche Gras venue, at 5 PM, for Track judging.
      • If a competitor arrives after Track judging has commenced that costume will not be judged.
      • Kings and/or Queens not judged in the Track component of the competition will be permitted to make an on-stage appearance in their specified position but will not receive an appearance fee.
    9. Dressing rooms will be available for participating Kings and Queens.
    10. Security will be provided for the backstage area.
    11. Each Mas Band presenting a King/Queen, will be allocated the following passes
      • One (1) Backstage Attendant
      • One (1) Make-up person
      • Two (2) Technical persons
      • Two (2) Stage Hands
    12. Competitors will appear and perform on stage making two (2) passes before the judges, each pass no longer than five (5) minutes.
    13. A light (Red – Green) will be used to indicate a contestant’s time on stage.
    14. In order for their band to qualify for the “Band of the Year” title and other awards, the King and Queen costumes of a band must appear at the King and Queen of the Band competition, must appear with their band at the Monday Parade (Pageant) and appear at all judging points on Carnival Tuesday.
      • Non-compliance to the above stipulations will result in disqualification of the band from all competitions.
    15. Visiting bands/ Non- GMBA members must register in the visiting bands category and will not be allowed to compete.
    16. Every registered competitor will be judged, except Visiting Bands and Non- GMBA members.
    17. There will be five (5) judges to adjudicate the King and Queen of the Band Competitions.
 

BEST THEME PORTRAYAL – CARNIVAL MONDAY PARADE (PAGEANT):

    1. Carnival Monday Parade (Pageant) begins at 1 PM with the traditional mas bands, followed by fancy and historical mas bands from the outer parishes (based upon a draw) and then fancy and historical mas bands from St. George.
    2. All bands will gather on Lagoon Road between Foodland Super Market and its intersection with the Belmont Main Road and will proceed along Lagoon Road, Port Highway and onto the Carenage.
    3. The parade of the bands will be under the control of Marshalls contracted by the GCC.
    4. Bands will appear in the position which was dipped for the Monday Parade (Pageant).
    5. All Bands will have a maximum time limit of thirty (30) minutes to make their presentations, except traditional bands, which will have twenty (20) minutes.
    6. Individuals must appear before the judges within their section of the band.
    7. Carnival Band of the Year contenders must have their King and Queen costumes as part of their band and appear before the judges for the Carnival Monday Parade (Pageant).
    8. The Best Theme Portrayal title will be determined based upon the Band scoring the highest number of points in this category during the Carnival Monday Parade (Pageant).
 

CARNIVAL TUESDAY’S PARADE OF THE BANDS:

    1. Judging Points:
      1. Judging Point 1: Lagoon Road (at or near to Tropicana Restaurant)
      2. Judging Point 2: The Carenage (at or near to Seamen and Waterfront workers Union Building)
      3. Judging Point 3: Melville Street (at or near to the Melville Street Fish Market)
    2. The Parade of Bands begins at 12:30 PM.
    3. Bands are to gather at Lagoon Road between Foodland Super Market and its intersection with the Belmont Main Road, proceed along Lagoon Road to Port Highway, onto the Carenage, up Young Street, onto Halifax Street, turn onto Gore Street and then proceed along Melville Street to the National Stadium. 
    4. Bands will appear in the position which was dipped for the Parade of the Bands.
    5. Visiting Bands and bands, which are not members of the GMBA, shall follow the parade of registered bands
    6. Traditional Mas Bands’ members must not wear masks on the streets. Masks are only to be worn on stage or within registered bands during the parade on the streets.
    7. Bands will be dispatched, by the official GCC Marshals, at 30 minute intervals from the official start time.
    8. All bands will have a maximum of 45 minutes to get to the 1st Judging Point after their designated start.
    9. Bands will have a maximum of 1 hour to get from Judging Point 1 to Judging Point 2 after their presentations.
    10. Bands will have a maximum of 1 hour to get from Judging Point 2 to Judging Point 3.
    11. Ten (10) points will be deducted from each band arriving at the Judging Point after the stipulated time up to a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes.
    12. Any band arriving at the Judging Point fifteen (15) minutes after the stipulated time will be disqualified.
    13. All bands will have a maximum of twenty (20) minutes to make their presentation at each Judging Point.
    14. All standing DJ music must stop whenever a band is approaching.

BAND OF THE YEAR

    1. The Band of the Year title will be determined based on the band scoring the highest cumulative total from all judging points during Carnival Monday’s (Pageant) and Tuesday’s Parades of the Bands organized by the GCC.
    2. To qualify, bands must appear before the judges at all judging points at Carnival Monday’s Parade (Pageant) and Carnival Tuesday Parade of the Bands.
    3. To qualify for the Band of the Year title/prizes, the King and Queen of a band must adhere to all the rules listed above in the “Format of Competitions – Dimanche Gras” section.
 

JUDGES

    1. Ten (10) judges will adjudicate on Carnival Monday. Five (5) for Traditional Mas and a different five (5) for Fancy and Historical Mas.
    2. Nine (9) judges will adjudicate the Carnival Tuesday Parade of the Bands – three (3) at each post.
    3. A High – Low elimination method will be adopted for Dimanche Gras and Carnival Monday.
    4. Only signed score sheets will be accepted by the Chief Judges, who will themselves sign off on the sheets to authenticate them.
    5. Judges will witness the entire presentations being adjudicated

     

AWARDS

    1. Band of the Year Parade:: Carnival Monday & Tuesday – Historical/Fancy
      • When there are Five (5) or more bands competing, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded with appearance fees being awarded to all other competing bands.
      • When there are four (4) bands, only 1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded with appearance fees for the other two competing bands.
      • When there are less than four bands, only appearance fees will be paid.
    2. Carnival Monday – Traditional
      • When there are Five (5) or more bands competing, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded.
      • When there are four (4) bands, only 1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded with appearance fees for the other two competing bands.
      • When there are less than four bands, only appearance fees will be paid.
    3. A Challenge Trophy will be awarded for the “Best Theme Portrayal”.

 

SCHEDULE OF FEES

Band Registration

$100

Registration of King

$50

Registration of Queen

$50

Registration of Individual

$25

GMBA Non-Members

$200

 

PRIZES

King & Queen of the Band

First Prize

$6,000

Second Prize

$4,000

Third Prize

$2,000

Apperance Fee

$600

Carnival Monday Parade (Pageant) – Traditional

First Prize

$5,000

Second Prize

$3,000

Third Prize

$1,500

Apperance Fee

$750

Band of the Year Parade (Carnival Monday & Tuesday) – Fancy

First Prize

$20,000

Second Prize

$15,000

Third Prize

$10,000

Apperance Fee

$4,000

Best Theme Protrayol

Challenge Trophy