Or at least they help. A lot.
After talking to heads and choreographers of Sinulog sa Kabataan contingents, I now believe that props spell the difference between winning and losing. And they think this, too.
After all, almost all of the Sinulog sa Kabataan contingents I interviewed (quite a lot, if I may say) told me their stage props handlers are close to or more than double their number of dancers.
In yesterday’s Sinulog sa Kabataan-Lalawigan, for example, Talisay City Central School, which placed first in the elementary division, had 96 dancers but needed 175 others to handle the stage decorations.
On the other hand, the high school division champion, the Carcar City Division, had 100 dancers and 174 props handlers (110 students and 64 teachers). The Carcar contingent needed this many, of course, since its performers danced against a backdrop of a huge school.