Last weekend, it was the National Junior Parang Festival 2013, in Trinidad. First time participants, Trinity College capture the championship title, for the secondary schools division, and Sacred Heart Boys R C, won the Primry Schools division
A total of 16 secondary schools showed off their musical talents on Saturday, while 15 schools competed in the primary schools division on Sunday. Each group had to perform two songs. Trinity’s delivery of their two selections, Cantando Gloria and Rio Manzanare, also secured Michael Bristol, the Best Lead Male Singer title.
Sunday competition was Sacred Heart Boys’ RC, displace last year’s champions, Newtown Boys’ RC, to second place. Both schools were presented with, a Challenge trophy and won a cash prize of $8,000 each. Runners-up in each division got $6,000, while third place finishers receive $4,000.
A People’s Choice Award, was run for each category. Voting was facilitated by texting specific codes, as well as using the Facebook page, of the major private sector sponsor. All the major sponsors hope to see more schools enter the competition in the year to come. To ensure the standards also increase, with more musical instruments being utilised, the private sector sponsor, will invite schools to register their students for training workshops during the Easter and August vacation periods.
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