Mr. and Miss Caribfest pageant celebrate Caribbean culture

Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophomore, performs a monologue about the different cultures between the Caribbean Islands for the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley

Laughter, chatter and loud, upbeat music filled Akin Auditorium on the evening of Sept. 28. About 250 attendees came to support eight students who participated in the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest pageant, the first of four events spanning from Sept. 28-30.

Hosted by Caribbean Students Organization, this is the first year the pageant chose a Mr. Caribfest. There were four segments each contestant had to go through: talent, swimsuit, evening wear/GQ and an interview. The pageant opened with a moment of silence for those affected by Hurricane Irma.

From the eight contestants — four male, four female — Sophomores Rocksen Jean-Louis and Beyandra Blanchard took the top titles. Despite the decisions the judges had to make, Students Donté Benn and Jamilia Frank were satisfied with the results.

“I thought the results were fair,” Jamilia Frank, pre-nursing freshman, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the event.”

Frank attended Caribfest to support her friends, including first Runner Up for Mr. Caribfest Edward Collins. Her favorite part of the pageant was the talent portion.

“The contestants really did their best job. My favorite performer was Edward Collins,” Frank said.

Accounting sophomore Donté Benn thought the decision “was close, and was great at the end.”

Benn helped plan Caribfest and attended to see the talent the contestants had to offer for the campus. Benn’s favorite segment was the swimsuit because of the modeling. He plans to attend the final three events of Caribfest: Soca Show, Parade Day and Culture Show, and Glow Fete.

Both Frank and Benn are members of Caribbean Students Organization.

Mr. and Miss Caribfest are also members of CSO. While both knew about Caribfest, they had their own reasons to run for Mr. and Miss Caribfest. Rocksen Jean-Louis, computer science sophomore, made the decision to run for Mr. Caribfest was to try something new.

“You know a new experience. I am always open to new experiences,” Jean-Louis said.

As the first Mr. Caribfest, Rocksen has already planned a few decisions.

“I plan on first, attending all the other Caribfest activities and using my power –whatever power I have– to do better in terms of whatever they need me to do, be more available for them.”

Beyandra Blanchard, radiologic technology sophomore, heard about the pageant from a chair member.

“One of the chair members actually reached out to me and asked me to participate. I was there last year but I didn’t really participate that much, that’s why this year, I wanted to make up for my shortcomings of last year.”

In her opinion, Miss Caribfest is a great platform to speak out on issues, especially ethnocentrism, the belief in the inherent superiority of one’s own ethnic group or culture. “That’s a good platform, to go ahead and share my thoughts,” Blanchard said.

Mr. and Miss Caribfest 2017

Kamilah Tobin, mass communication sophomore, gives a welcome to this years Caribfest Pageant, she was the 2016 crown holder for Miss Caribfest. Photo by Marissa Daley
Kamilah Tobin, mass communication sophomore, gives a welcome to this years Caribfest Pageant, she was the 2016 crown holder for Miss Caribfest. Photo by Marissa Daley
Valandra Jno Marie, freshman management, hits high notes during the talent portion on the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Valandra Jno Marie, freshman management, hits high notes during the talent portion on the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophmore, proforms a monologue about the different cultures between the Caribbean Islands for the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophmore, proforms a monologue about the different cultures between the Caribbean Islands for the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, bends over backwards in the talent portion of the the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, bends over backwards in the talent portion of the the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, shows his break dancing moves in the talent portion of the the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, shows his break dancing moves in the talent portion of the the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, bends over backwards in the talent portion of the the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, bends over backwards in the talent portion of the the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Valandra Jno Marie, freshman management, struts her orange patterened swimsuit for the bathing suit portion of the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Valandra Jno Marie, freshman management, struts her orange patterened swimsuit for the bathing suit portion of the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Beyandra Blanchard, radiology freshman, shows off her bedazzeled swimsuit and high heels during the bathing suit portion of the Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Beyandra Blanchard, radiology freshman, shows off her bedazzeled swimsuit and high heels during the bathing suit portion of the Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, throws a beach ball into the audience during the swim wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pagaent held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, throws a beach ball into the audience during the swim wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pagaent held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, give the audience and judge panel a little tease by unbuttoning his swimsuite during the swim wear portion of the Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, give the audience and judge panel a little tease by unbuttoning his swimsuite during the swim wear portion of the Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, shows off his bathing suit during the swim wear portion of the Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, shows off his bathing suit during the swim wear portion of the Mr. and Mrs. Caribfest in Akin Auditorium on Sept 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, poses for the audience and judges during the swim wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, poses for the audience and judges during the swim wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Preston Busby, criminal justice junior, takes the sunglasses off from around his towel before removing his towel to reveal his swimsuit during the swim wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Preston Busby, criminal justice junior, takes the sunglasses off from around his towel before removing his towel to reveal his swimsuit during the swim wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Valandra Jno Marie, management freshman, feels her hands down the curve of her dress during the evening wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Valandra Jno Marie, management freshman, feels her hands down the curve of her dress during the evening wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Trevon Charles, biology sophomore, throws his suit jacket over his shoulder while he walks around the stage showing off his outfit during the evening wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Trevon Charles, biology sophomore, throws his suit jacket over his shoulder while he walks around the stage showing off his outfit during the evening wear portion of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophmore, answers questions during the interview segment of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pagaent held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophmore, answers questions during the interview segment of the 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pagaent held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, leans in to give Edward Collins, psychology freshman, a handshake after Collins was announced 2017 Mr. Caribfest at the Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28, where about 300 people were in attendance. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, leans in to give Edward Collins, psychology freshman, a handshake after Collins was announced 2017 Mr. Caribfest at the Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant held in Akin Auditorium Sept. 28, where about 300 people were in attendance. Photo by Marissa Daley
Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophmore, pose for pictures at the end of the Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pagaent in the Akin Auditorium Sept. 28, where she won 2017 Miss Caribfest. Photo by Marissa Daley
Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophmore, pose for pictures at the end of the Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pagaent in the Akin Auditorium Sept. 28, where she won 2017 Miss Caribfest. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, and Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophomore, pose for pictures at the end of the Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant in the Akin Auditorium Sept. 28, where they won 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest. Photo by Marissa Daley
Rocksen Jean-Louis, music sophomore, and Beyandra Blanchard, radiology sophomore, pose for pictures at the end of the Mr. and Miss Caribfest Pageant in the Akin Auditorium Sept. 28, where they won 2017 Mr. and Miss Caribfest. Photo by Marissa Daley

2017 Caribfest Parade

Edward Collins, psychology freshman, takes a selfie at the beginning of the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Edward Collins, psychology freshman, takes a selfie at the beginning of the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Participants paint themselves in metallic colors for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Participants paint themselves in metallic colors for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Shenice Walters, biology senior, dances and sings with other participants in the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Shenice Walters, biology senior, dances and sings with other participants in the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Ferdine Le Blanc, Art junior, and Rocksen Jean-Louis, winer of Mr. Caribfest 2017, show the Caribbean pride by being dressed in white and metalic paint for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Ferdine Le Blanc, Art junior, and Rocksen Jean-Louis, winer of Mr. Caribfest 2017, show the Caribbean pride by being dressed in white and metalic paint for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Okan Lafleur, mechanical engineer senior, dances during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Okan Lafleur, mechanical engineer senior, dances during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Akeem Shaw, accounting senior, runs through the Caribfest Parade hyping people up by dancing and singing the songs. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Akeem Shaw, accounting senior, runs through the Caribfest Parade hyping people up by dancing and singing the songs. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Dave Hughes, accounting senior, and Akeem Shaw, accoutning senior, start to dance together during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Dave Hughes, accounting senior, and Akeem Shaw, accoutning senior, start to dance together during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Danielle Dowe, chemistry and biology senior, J'anne Robinson, nursing junior, and Annise Aaron, English freshan, gets their photo taken during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Danielle Dowe, chemistry and biology senior, J'anne Robinson, nursing junior, and Annise Aaron, English freshan, gets their photo taken during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Lidenia Clarke, Spanish junior, shakes her chest for the camera during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Lidenia Clarke, Spanish junior, shakes her chest for the camera during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest Parade throw water around on each other when the parade got in front of the Clark Student Center Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest Parade throw water around on each other when the parade got in front of the Clark Student Center Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest Parade look and up and pose for the drone that was filming the parade from above Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest Parade look and up and pose for the drone that was filming the parade from above Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Edeesha Darwton, nursing senior, looks around at all the people dancing during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Edeesha Darwton, nursing senior, looks around at all the people dancing during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Valandra Jno Marie, management freshman, poses for the cameras during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Valandra Jno Marie, management freshman, poses for the cameras during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Caribfest Parade passing the front of the Clark Student Center on Council Drive Sept 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Caribfest Parade passing the front of the Clark Student Center on Council Drive Sept 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
A drone flies above the Caribfest Parade on Council Drive in front of Clark Student Center Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
A drone flies above the Caribfest Parade on Council Drive in front of Clark Student Center Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Carriben Students pose for a picture during the Caribfest parade as it came down Council Drive in front of Moffett Library on Sept.30, Photo by Sara Keeling
Carriben Students pose for a picture during the Caribfest parade as it came down Council Drive in front of Moffett Library on Sept.30, Photo by Sara Keeling
Edward Collins, Psychology freshman, dances to shows off his 1st runner up sash at the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edward Collins, Psychology freshman, dances to shows off his 1st runner up sash at the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Theo Rolle, mechanical engineer junior, waves the Bahama flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Theo Rolle, mechanical engineer junior, waves the Bahama flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, jumps infront of Theo Rolle, mechanical engineer junior, with her Dominica Flag to cover his Bahama Flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, jumps infront of Theo Rolle, mechanical engineer junior, with her Dominica Flag to cover his Bahama Flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with the Dominca Flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with the Dominca Flag during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Francine Baron, special education senior, dances with her Dominica flag at Caribfest on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Girls show off their Caribbean spirit in colorful outfits and head pieces for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Girls show off their Caribbean spirit in colorful outfits and head pieces for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edeesha Darwton, nursing senior, shoes off her brightly feathered green and yellow outfit at the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Edeesha Darwton, nursing senior, shoes off her brightly feathered green and yellow outfit at the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Okan Lafluer, mechanical engineer senior, calls to a member of the band Spice and Ice to sing the song that the DJ had playing during the Caribfest Parade because she had sung it at the Soca Show the night before. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Okan Lafluer, mechanical engineer senior, calls to a member of the band Spice and Ice to sing the song that the DJ had playing during the Caribfest Parade because she had sung it at the Soca Show the night before. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kevin lord, computer science senior, and Richard Thomas, Management information senior, show off their Grenada flags and metalic paint for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Kevin lord, computer science senior, and Richard Thomas, Management information senior, show off their Grenada flags and metalic paint for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
The Wichita Falls Fire Department sprays the participants in the Caribfest Parade while they dance, sung, and ran through it at the end of the parade infront of the Mass Communication building before they headed onto Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Wichita Falls Fire Department sprays the participants in the Caribfest Parade while they dance, sung, and ran through it at the end of the parade infront of the Mass Communication building before they headed onto Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants jump to the music in the Wichita Falls Fire Department's water hose as they continue to celebrate the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Participants jump to the music in the Wichita Falls Fire Department's water hose as they continue to celebrate the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
The Wichita Falls Fire Department sprays the participants in the Caribfest Parade while they dance, sung, and ran through it at the end of the parade infront of the Mass Communication building before they headed onto Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Wichita Falls Fire Department sprays the participants in the Caribfest Parade while they dance, sung, and ran through it at the end of the parade infront of the Mass Communication building before they headed onto Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Wichita Falls Fire Department show up to cool off the participants from their long walk around MSU campus for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Wichita Falls Fire Department show up to cool off the participants from their long walk around MSU campus for the 2017 Caribfest parade held in the Dillard parking lot Sept 30. Photo by Marissa Daley
Kinisha Morris, social work senior, walks away from the "splash zone" after getting drenched in water by the Wichita Falls Fire Department at the end of the Caribfest Parade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kinisha Morris, social work senior, walks away from the "splash zone" after getting drenched in water by the Wichita Falls Fire Department at the end of the Caribfest Parade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest post for a photo after being drenched with water by the Wichita Falls Fire Department at the end of the Caribefest Parade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Participants in the Caribfest post for a photo after being drenched with water by the Wichita Falls Fire Department at the end of the Caribefest Parade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kamilah Tobin, mass communication sophomore, dances in her bright feathered outfit during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kamilah Tobin, mass communication sophomore, dances in her bright feathered outfit during the Caribfest Parade that looped from Dillard to Jesse Rogers Promenade Sept. 30. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Carriben Students pose for a picture during the Caribfest parade in front of Pierce Hall on Sept.30, Photo by Sara Keeling
Carriben Students pose for a picture during the Caribfest parade in front of Pierce Hall on Sept.30, Photo by Sara Keeling
Jorrey Martin, special education senior , sings after the carribfest parade end in front of Pierce Hall, on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling
Jorrey Martin, special education senior , sings after the carribfest parade end in front of Pierce Hall, on Sept.30. Photo by Sara Keeling