I left Trinidad in 2000 to pursue my college education. At that time there was no Tribe, far less Lost Tribe, YUMA or Paparazzi et tal. My sister had played with Paparazzi last year and had a fantastic time. But I also said I had to LOVE a costume before committing. I saw Royals in Paparazzi and fell in heavy like mode, and I was impressed with Paparazzi’s website etc. And then Tribe started to advertise for Festivals of the Bands. Lost Tribe revealed their theme, and Peter E
Why Paparazzi? I decided to play with Paparazzi for a few reasons...First, the value was better than ALL of the other large bands. The cost was somewhere in the mid $600 range with the group discount. It included a backline costume w/ feathered collar, Mondaywear, food, drink, and some other miscellaneous items. For a comparable package with another large band, I probably would have paid $50 to $100 more. The entire presentation was beautiful! The photography was well done an
Location: The party was held in St. Clair, in the yard of a historic home, an old plantation I believe. Talk about ambiance! The setting was amazingly intimate, comfortable, and definitely an event for the grown and sexy. I arrived at the party a little late because of my scheduled costume pick-up time, which I have a gripe about for another post. As I walked in there were food stations in a "L" shape and seating in the center. As I walked around to another part of the yard
Wanted: Sugar Daddy wanted to fund all carnival related expenses including airfare, baggage costs (imma be overweight), driver, costume, fetes, hotel, food, makeup, weave, lashes, nails, waxing, and wardrobe. No sexual favors in exchange for carnival funding. All funding should be sent via Cash App. Depending on my mood, I might give you a wine but don't expect anything more. Meanwhile, it's that magical time of the year when bands start launching and Trinidad carnival goers
Photo Courtesy: Ikenna Douglas and Marc Bain/Costume Design: Ruana Booker Evans Hi Everyone! I took the liberty of putting together a comprehensive list of Trinidad & Tobago carnivals bands. This is a living list and will be updated periodically. See the list of bands below: Chameleon J’ouvert J’ouvert Band chameleonJ’ouvert on Facebook Trinidad (POS) Chocolate City J’ouvert J’ouvert Band Chocolate City J’ouvert Band on Facebook Trinidad (POS) Clay J'ouvert J'ouvert Band http
K2K's presentation for 2018 titled "We Stand United" is nothing short of a masterpiece. K2K is widely known for infusing mas with designs that are runway worthy. K2K's presentation is divided into three clusters Apac, Emea, and Americas, giving us seven sections in all. I can't even front! I want to wear every last gown and instead of chipping through town, I want to ride in a horse drawn carriage, with a bouquet of roses in one hand, and princess waving with the other hand.
There is something about YUMA that is so unforgettable! Every year they bring at least one design that makes you say "de costume wicked." Their 2018 presentation titled "Fatal Attraction" did not disappoint and I must say they are in the top three bands that I look forward to seeing every year. Their costumes just speak to me- they are sexy, ultramodern, and ingenious. There are 14 sections in all, one section, Y-Varsity is reserved for 18-25 year-olds or tertiary student mas
Oh Passion how I love thee! I so appreciate that Passion kept the number of sections to a minimum. They have seven sections, which I think is the perfect amount--not too big. Now, it's not that I have a thing against big bands, but I do have a problem with bands that are huge and have costumes that look alike. From a masquerader perspective it just gets confusing when you have five cobalt blue sections. At any rate, Passion's presentation for 2018 titled "Pandora" is a beauti
Before I get to chatting about Ronnie and Caro's costumes for 2018, I want to applaud them for their diversity. They have been the only band so far this year to infuse a good mix of skin tones to model their costumes. It's sad that I have to make light of this in 2017. The Caribbean has a unique melting pot of ethnicities and it would be nice to see more of this reflecting in the model casting for these presentations. SHEESH! Moving on! Ronnie and Caro's presentation for 2018
Sweeping change is on the horizon as Rogue Carnival seeks to bring masqueraders a next level carnival experience. I would describe Rogue Carnival as the love child of Caesar's Army and Tribe, two well-known powerhouses in the carnival and fete industries.
So what sets Rogue Carnival apart? Well for starters, they are changing up traditional start and end times for Jumbies like myself. Monday mas will begin at 12n and end at 10p, at the "Bachannal ROGUE" site. On Tuesday, fe
The 2018 presentation from Bliss has me feeling just so - Blissful! I would say that they have the best overall presentation of all the bands that have launched so far. All 11 sections are ornate, sexy, and luxurious. Like many of the other design efforts this carnival season, one-piece offerings for Bliss absolutely SLAY! My favorites from them include Alta Moda and Vicere'. I'm not sure what kind of voodoo went into the making of Alta Moda, but I'm telling you all now, it i
Yo! Is it just me or can Tribe have a small scale carnival all by themselves? I mean they have enough costume selections to rival some low budget U.S. regional carnivals, #facts. Okay, seriously they have over 40 variations for their 2018 presentation titled "Once Upon a Dream", which is great because masqueraders have plenty to choose from. Still, designers did not disappoint. I am living for one-piece bodysuits these days and Solange Govia's Mirror Mirror made my heart sing