The parish of St Joseph has had a rough year. So its Parish Ambassadors Cadesha Rouse and Brandon Beckles did all they could to bring some much needed light to the area.
And the duo represented well at the 2016 Spirit of the Nation Show on Saturday night at Kensington Oval, walking away Most Outstanding Parish Ambassadors.
Upon the announcement, parishioners from the east erupted in joy and rushed to the stage to congratulate Rouse and Beckles for a job well done.
The ambassadors appeared stunned, even amid the jubilation.
Rouse told Barbados TODAY they promised the parish they would “bring home the bacon” and they knew they couldn’t disappoint.
“We were not leaving without it. We fought hard for this, very hard, and we are so happy right now,” she said.
Beckles agreed they had pushed to secure the coveted title and he was glad they were rewarded for their hard work.
Along with copping the title of Most Outstanding Parish Ambassadors, they were awarded Best Parish Project for Pride. Industry. People: St. Joseph Uh Come From and also got the prize for Best Formal Wear. Their attendant, Mona Grant-Phillips, was awarded Attendant of the Year and the parish also won Most Original Talent, with a piece performed by young saxophonist Shakhouri Thompson.
Christ Church’s Andrew Ashby and Simone Daniel had to settle for second place. They also took home the deserved title of Best Costume.
St Peter’s Jason Moore and Nadira Marshall took the third-place spot while the parish that took it all last year, St Lucy, represented this time around by Dario Rock and Melissa Sobers, had to settle for fourth place. St Lucy also took the prize for Most Impactful Act in the talent segment, with a piece entitled Bajan Medley performed by the Daryl Jordan Secondary School.
Maxine Skeete from St Thomas was second in the Attendant of the Year category while Paula Harris of St George was third.