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Trinis were certainly revelling when Geraldo Veira Junior and Senior presented Que Viva Mexico! at Pier 1 Chaguaramas, on September 23.
Backstage was a mass of moving feathers and sequins as models in various stages of undress hustled to get everything right as they came out section by section—most of the names unpronounceable to most but impressive.
On stage, the presentation was seamless. The costumes flowed and the audience cheered each one. Accompanied by dance, confetti and pyrotechnics to make any photographer on the very elevated stage nervous, the masqueraders were dynamic splashes of bright colour.
One of the night’s notable moments came when model Richard Daniel came out portraying a guard of the Ixchel festival—the celebration of the goddess of the moon, fertility, medicine and jaguars (not the car).
Daniel did a stance that drove the crowd wild, and looked as if he was truly atop a Mayan temple.
Another great moment was when the section on All Souls Day—Dia De Los Muertos—came out with skeleton heads on their standards—something not seen in a long time. The male portrayal for this section was a puppeteered skeleton resting atop the shoulders.
With Deputy Head of the Mexican Mission, Eduardo Baca, who hails from Vera Cruz, Mexico, and T&T and Barbados French Ambassador, Charley Causeret looking on from the VIP balcony, all 20 sections showcased the many wonders of the historical Hispanic country.
Baca indeed vouched for the band’s relevance, saying it did depict many parts of his country’s culture beautifully.
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