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Keeping it in the family… The proud 2020 J'ouvert King Herbert Pierre, and his daughter, the 2020 J’ouvert Queen Lillan Pierre

It’s a family affair…

Lillan Pierre is the 2020 Queen of J’ouvert, while her father Herbert “Natty” Pierre is the King of J’ouvert.

The five-time queen bested her daughter and last year’s winner, Lynelle Pierre, to again reclaim the crown.

Lillan’s presentation titled “Dr Deyalsingh Working Overtime To Block The Corona Virus” saw her dressed in a white shirt and black pants, standing atop a crude wooden stool positioned in front of a make-shift island, whilst holding a rope attached to a box labelled Corona.

As the box appeared to be getting closer to the island, Lillan used a stick to whip off the black cloth which had been covering the island.

The crowd’s laughter erupted as they saw two cases of Stag and two cases of Carib stacked inside the island.

Choreographed by Herbert, Lillan’s act was one of four put on by various members of the Pierre family who are long time entrants in the annual Old Mas Competition.

Herbert’s presentation titled “Ah Now Frighten Of What I Said And Did” saw him dressed in a yellow satin bath robe, complete with a pair of black-rimmed glasses and a yellow head wrap.

Other props included a make-shift bed on which he laid, while having “nightmares” about past actions which could land him in jail.

The humorous piece delighted the scanty audience which lined Independence Square to view the proceedings, as many applauded and called out to Herbert for more.

Beaming with pride as he hugged Lillan close following her victory, Herbert said the win had now moved the family’s amalgamated titles up to 12 queens and ten kings.

Looking forward to celebrating his 76th birthday on Thursday, Herbert said he had not originally planned to participate in Monday’s competition but because his grandson was unwell, he agreed to substitute for him.

This marks Herbert’s second win since the Pierre family began participating in the competition.

Meanwhile, Lillan also expressed surprise over her win as she was expecting her daughter Lynelle to perform a hat-trick this year.

Pressed to say if she felt pressured to enter the competition every year, Lillan laughed as she said it was a combination of her father’s persistent cajoling and a desire to bring humour to serious situations.

Her daughter Lynelle, who copped the second place this year, also proved to be a crowd favourite with her presentation as a Dame Lorraine.

During her brief presentation, Lynelle held aloft a placard with the names of past prime ministers, rating them between one to five.

However, the name of former Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar was not included on the list, but instead, it was written on a piece of paper and stuck to the Dame’s behind.

Third place winner in the queen category, Lavern Smith, elicited laughter all around as she placed a plant pot in the middle of the road and began “rolling” it from side to side. She later pulled some paper from a pocket and pretended to roll a joint on her behind.

DOWNTOWN J’OUVERT QUEEN RESULTS

1. Lillan Pierre — Dr Deyalsingh Working Overtime To Block The Corona Virus

2. Lynelle Pierre – Dame Lorraine Rating Of PM’s Of The Past

3. Lavern Smith – Ah Rolling D Weed

DOWNTOWN J’OUVERT KING RESULTS

1. Herbert Pierre – Ah Now Frighten Of What I Said And Did

2. Ronelle Pierre – Chinee Guy Visit Girl He Met On Facebook

3. Lennox Mc Ewen – This Year, Ah Mashing Up Dem Pears