An emotional and well deserving Gabriella de Lima Nunes took the title of Queen of the Sea at this year’s King and Queen of the Sea on Saturday night.
After fighting back a few tears of joy, she was more than happy to share her feelings with us.
“This feels like a dream come true, I have always wanted it. I came here with a goal to make my parents proud and I did that,” Gabriella exclaimed with joy.
Joining her to the throne was, Marco do Carmo who took the title of King of the Sea.
“It feels great to represent the Portuguese community. Thank you to the Portuguese community for the pleasure,” Marco gratefully said.
It wasn’t just a big night for the two winners but also for the event itself as this year marked the 25th anniversary of King and Queen of the Sea.
The event was held at no other than the Portuguese Club in Milnerton and was glamorously hosted by ex King and Queen of the sea, Dylan de Sousa and Katia Teixeira.
With their Footloose theme, contestants put up a show stopping scene by sporting their fancy footwork right throughout the contest.
Audience members were transported back to the Wild West as contestants donned check shirts and cowboy hats for their opening scene.
Other forms of entertainment came in the form of song items which were rendered by Daniella Teixeira, sister to ex Queen of the sea, Katia. On a lighter note, laughter came in healthy doses as audience members were entertained by three separate stand up acts. This included Nelson de Gouveia, a stand up Comedian of Portuguese descent who availed the humour in being Portuguese.
The funds raised at the King and Queen of the Sea gets ploughed back into the Portuguese community to help those in need and stands to be one of the biggest events on the calendar.
But with big events comes big planning and this year’s King and Queen of the Sea took more than a month to prepare.
“It takes a month to two months to prepare. We will keep the standard and try and make it bigger and better next year,” Leandro Goncalves, one of the event planners said.
The King and Queen of the Sea is also a build up to another big event on the Portuguese calendar, the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet Festival which will be held on the 4th and 5th October at the V&A Waterfront.
Photography – J.Human Photography