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
The change of the masqueraders’ route for Carnival in San Fernando ensured for the first time in many years there was a smooth flow of bands for the J’Ouvert celebrations.
There was no long waiting between bands for spectators gathered at the Harris Promenade judging point or the usual congestion at Cipero Street, which in previous years prevented many bands from reaching the judging point.
It was also the first time in years that at the 4 am start time that several bands were already on the parade route.
Additional parking measures have been implemented in Port-of-Spain over the next two days to cater to the influx of people flooding the capital during the hectic Carnival period.
Port-of-Spain Major Joel Martinez has given approval for parking at Nelson Mandela
Park on Carnival Monday from 1 am to 11 pm and on Carnival Tuesday from 5 am to 11 pm.
A fee of $50 per day or any part therefore will apply.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is urging all active police officers to turn out for work on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, not based on consequences, but because of "patriotism and an answer to the call to duty".
A total of 6,000 officers are expected to report for duty across the country during the Carnival period, with some 1,600 police officers being rostered to work in the Port-of-Spain Division, to provide blanket security for the district over the next two days.
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.