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Whichever is the correct version of Roy’s naming story, let us leave it as that way, he dressed in all black like the movie character. Roy Ralph “The Dragon” rose to fame in 1972 when he won his first Band of the Year and King of the Bands titles from his band presentation, “ H a i r o u n Splendour of Nature”. It was a presentation with a difference, and the designer was a very lean had named Adolphus ‘Buck’ Barber, who received many, praises for his exceptional mas designs. Roy Ralph had arrived and Vincy Carnival would never be the same again with the interest rivalry and fierce competition from the other mas bands in St.Vincent. Lennox’ Scully” Hunte another Creative artist and innovative mas designer had other ideas and ‘Scully’ eclipsed Roy’s presentation the following year with his mas presentation, “In the Hands of our People” which many Vincentians are of the opinion that this mas band was the most unique mas ever presented in Vincy Carnival. The debate continues up to today.

imagination, skill, creativity and stage craft. Many persons have debated Roy’s best portrayals in the King of the Bands category as “Hurricane” and “Two Man Rat can’t Live in the Same Hole”. Each portrayal has its own unique character and mas design that grabs your attention with amazement and bewilderment at this awesome and memorable costume.

During his heyday, ‘Dragon’ nurtured and inspired a host of individuals and masmen in this country, who all mushroomed and gloomed into excellent mas producers in Vincy Mas. Julian “Pilling” Pollard, Elroy “Blondie Bird” Boyde, Oxley “Giddy” Lockhart, Eric Monk, Ellie Prince, Culture Man Walker, Third World, Mice, Leroy, Cobax, Yank and an impressive list of masqueraders.

Roy Ralph‘s pride was at stake, and so was the Band of the Year trophy, which “The Dragon” was hell bent on retrieving it. Roy Ralph bounced back with vengeance in securing the Band of the Year titles in 1974 with “It’s Just My Imagination”, “Vincentian most Colorful Festival in 1975, “Mas on the Moon” in 1976, and the epic “From Granby to Halifax Street” in 1977, placed Dragon and his mas camp into a category by themselves, as they achieved a beavertrick in the Band of the year competition, the first such achievement in Vincy Carnival. Basking in glory, Roy was King of the King of the Bands competition winning on several occasions with costumes of

Following Roy Ralph‘s band of the year title in 1977, it took the Dragon five (5) long years to regain this coveted and prestigious title. Bad Lads and Lasses won the title consecutively from 1978 – 1982, Avis Yorke assisted by Sheggy John won it in 1983, when Bad Lads and Lasses took a break. Dragons returned the Band of the year supremacy title in 1984, with a presentation called “Sometime Someplace – Legend of the Black Caribs”. He repeated this feat in 1985 and 1986 with “Nonsense Story – Mouth Open, Story Jump Out”, and “We Going Carolling”, respectively, and finally won again in 1996, with “Warriors of the Sun”.

Band of the year magazine2  

This ia a historical document of St.Vincent and the Grenadnes biggest Cultural Festival called Carnival,which is held annually in June/July,...

Band of the year magazine2  

This ia a historical document of St.Vincent and the Grenadnes biggest Cultural Festival called Carnival,which is held annually in June/July,...

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