With a cloud of controversy still hanging over his victory in this year’s Kiddies Kadooment contest, 25-year-old designer Kevin Small has still managed to drive away with top honours in this year’s Grand Kadooment parade.
When the final results were announced by the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) tonight, Small emerged as the clear winner in seven categories, including Best Festival Designer for 2017. Second spot in that category went to veteran designer Gwyneth Squires and third was Marlon Brewster of the Dragonfly Kids Band & Jump.
Small also copped the Presentation of the Year award, ahead of two more experienced campaigners – Betty West and Jeremy Nicholls.
In addition to topping the Historical and Topical categories of the judging, the young festival designer also captured the Best Individual Male, Community Costume and HIV/AIDS Awareness awards.
Just last week, Small was awarded top honours in the junior leg of the Kadooment for his Fifth Element Kiddies band – Candy Land 246. However, that decision has not gone down well with some of his fellow masqueraders who have not only questioned the quality of the judging, but have since raised formal objection with the NCF, which is yet to render a final judgment on the matter.
In the meantime, apart from the coveted title of Best Festival Designer, Small drives away with a brand new blue Mazda 2, valued at $68, 000.