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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Fete and More Fete!!

I was just peeping over at Islandmix and saw this listing of Carnival fetes posted; not sure of the source and if all the dates are correct (since I read that Bliss would be on January 13th) but just thought I would share anyways.

At least from this schedule, it shows most of the all-inclusive parties but I find there are way too many of those already! I mean, some of these parties do "buss" right? There is no way that there can be five different all-inclusive parties on one night and each one of them is well attended. Seems like everyone is getting on the "all-inclusive" bandwagon,with Trinidad's inflation rate now at 10% I can only imagine the prices that the party promoters will be calling for 2007:

Saturday January 6th, 2007
* South Carnival Launch
* Fire Services Fete - Hasley Crawford Stadium (Port of Spain)
* BGTT Energy-Inclusive Fete - Chaguaramas Golf Club

Sunday January 7th, 2007
* Trinity College's Soka In Moka - Trinity College (Maraval)
* TRIBE All-Inclusive - Jamboree Park

Friday January 12th, 2007
* 4 Kings Show Pt 1
* Legacy Fete - Hasley Crawford Stadium (Port of Spain)

Saturday January 13th, 2007
* National Flour Mills Silo - Hasley Crawford Stadium (Port of Spain)
* QRC Outta de Blue VII All-Inclusive - QRC Grounds (St. Clair)

Sunday January 14th, 2007
* ISLANDPeople Amnesia Fete - Pier 1 (Chaguaramas)
* UWI 17th Annual All-Inclusive Carnival Fete - UWI Grounds (St Augustine)
* Jess & Friends All Inclusive Fete (Valsayn)

Friday January 19th, 2007
* Legacy Cooler Rama - Hasley Crawford Stadium (Port of Spain)

Saturday January 20th, 2007
* Trini Revellers Fete - Pier 1 - Chaguaramas
* Bishop Anstey All-Inclusive - Bishop Anstey Grounds (POS)
* Wicked In White
* Broadway for Youths - Hasley Crawford Stadium (Port of Spain)
* South Rotary
* International School
* Holy Faith Couva

Sunday January 21st, 2007
* Amoco All-Inclusive
* Crews Inn All-Inclusive
* McLeod - Pier 1
* Hilton All-Inclusive
* POS East Lions
* Diabetic Assocciation
* Safari (Regiment)

Friday January 26th, 2007
* Bazoodee Friday - Pier 1 (Chaguaramas)

Saturday January 27th, 2007
* Blue Range All Inclusive Fete - Diego Martin
* De Polis All-Inclusive
* St Mary's All-Inclusive Fete - St. Mary's College (Pembroke St, POS)
* Outrageous In Red Fete - Pier 1 (Chaguaramas)
* Pearl Garden All Inclusive Fete - Petit Valley
* Newsday All Inclusive - Pier 1

Sunday January 28th, 2007
* Caribbean Wet Fete '07
* Yorke Inc. Annual All Inclusive Fete (St Clair)
* Parrot River Lime
* Mt Hope All-Inclusive
* Poison All-Inclusive
* Magnolias All-Inclusive
* Seals All-Inclusive
* BPTT All-Inclusive - Trinidad Country Club
* Lions All-Inclusive Fete - Lions Civic Centre (Port of Spain)
* Crews Inn All-Inclusive Fete (Chaguaramas)

Friday February 2nd, 2007
* Central Bank All Inclusive - Eric Williams Plaza
* Ladies First

Saturday February 3rd, 2007
* NGC Sports Club All-Inclusive (Country Club)
* Woman IV - Maska Compound
* Royal Bank All-Inclusive
* O' Farrell's All-Inclusive - Mobs 2
* South Cancer Society
* Farm Fete

Sunday February 4th, 2007
* Mc Leod All Inclusive - Pier 1 (Chaguaramas)
* Annual Blood Bank Fete - Country Club (Maraval)
* U.S. Embassy Annual All-Inclusive (Chaguaramas Golf Course)
* Friends of ASCC All-Inclusive
* Ntl. Cent for People with Disability All-Inclusive
* Maritime All-Inclusive

Friday February 9th, 2007
* Misty Ridge Premier All-Inclusive - The Ranch - Santa Cruz
* Till Drunk Do Us Part - Hasley Crawford Stadium (POS)
* Cooler World II - Queens Park Oval (Woodbrook)
* XYZ Fete

Saturday February 10th, 2007
* Machel's Alternative Concept 5 - Queens Park Savannah
* Caribbean Brass Festival - Hasley Crawford Stadium (POS)
* Kama Sutra Fete - Trinidad Country Club
* Chutney Brass 5 - Guaracara Park (Point-A-Pierre )
* Fatima College All-Inclusive
* Skin to Skin Fete

Sunday February 11th, 2007
* Hearts On Fire All-Inclusive - Hotel Normandie
* 3 Red Men - Screamers II (Southland Mall)
* T&Tec Soca Shoka VII - Hasley Crawford Stadium (POS)
* Jamboree Park Fete - Mobs 2
* CAREC All-Inclusive - Federation Park (St. Clair)
* UNC All-Inclusive Fete
* Citibank All-Inclusive
* Heart Beat Hilton
* Nestle All-Inclusive

Monday February 12th, 2007
* Mardi Gras - Queens Park Oval
* PNM Fete - Balisier House

Tuesday February 13th, 2007
* Eyes Wide Shut CARNIVALE - Queens Park Oval
* AWOL at Soul Beach - Bay View Maracas
* Island Style Glow '07 - Mobs 2 - Chaguaramas
* Bishops Junior School All-Inclusive Fete

Wednesday February 14th, 2007
* Island People Fete
* Bacchanal Wednesday - Chaguaramas
* Customs Boys Fete - Hasely Crawford Stadium (Port of Spain)

Thursday February 15th, 2007
* Michael Headley's All Inclusive Fete - Salybia
* Beach House Carnival - Ortinola Estate (Maracas)
* Soca Thursdays Grand Finale - Hasely Crawford Stadium (POS)
* TRIBE Carnival Thursday - Queen's Park Oval
* Blanchisseuse All-Inclusive
* UWI Splash - Chaguaramas
* T&T Police Assoc. Annual Carnival Fete - Police Training College

Friday February 16th, 2007
* IslandPeople Girl Power - Queen's Hall (Port of Spain)
* Red Eye III (Dawn Till Dusk)
* Taste A La Carte - Ambassador Hotel - Long Circular Rd
* VIP Friday - Normandie Hotel - St Ann's
* Blue Range Cooler Fete - Diego Martin
* Fete'n On De Boat - Treasure Queen (Pier 2, Chaguaramas)
* Hedonism 3 All-Inclusive - Hilton Poolside (Lady Young Rd, Port of Spain)
* Rise All-Inclusive - Country Club (Maraval)
* Cooler Fete - Pier 1 (Chaguaramas)
* Fusion Friday - Macqueripe Bay

Saturday February 17th, 2007
* Island Style Insomnia Fete - Mobs 2 (Chaguaramas)
* Dawn - Sunrise In The City - Jenny's Car Park
* Atlantis Ultra All-Inclusive - Club 'O'
* Trini Posse All-Inclusive Fete - Chaguaramas
* Sunny Side Up All-Inclusive Breakfast Party - Palm Av W, Petit Valley
* The Cotton Tree Foundation Saturnalia All Inclusive Fete - St. Ann's
* Lions All Inclusive Fete - Lions Civic Centre (Port of Spain)
* Hilton Poolside - Hilton Hotel (Port of Spain)

Sunday February 18th, 2007 (Carnival Sunday)
* Soca Tutorial - UWI Grounds
* MANIA - Country Club All-Inclusive
* Hilton Poolside - Hilton Hotel (Lady Young Rd, Port of Spain)
* Moka All-Inclusive Fete - Maraval
* Brian Lara All-Inclusive Fete - Chancellor Hill
* Harvard Club All-Inclusive Fete
* Headley All-Inclusive

Monday February 19th, 2007
* Parade of the Bands
* Carnival Jump Up - Hilton Hotel (Lady Young Rd, Port of Spain)

Tuesday February 20th, 2007
* Parade of the Bands

Wednesday February 21st, 2007
* Ash Wed Boatride - Treasure Queen (Pier 2, Chaguaramas)
* Beach Lime - Maracas Bay, Las Cuevas, Blanchisseuse Bay
* Wild Meat Cool Down - Balandra Bay

Thursday February 22nd, 2007
* Premiere of Talk Tent - Queen's Hall, Port of Spain
* IslandVybz All-Inclusive Boatride - Treasure Queen (Pier 2)

Friday February 23rd, 2007
* Carnival Lovers Annual After Carnival Beach Party - Store Bay, Tobago
* Talk Tent 2007 - Queen's Hall, Port of Spain

Saturday February 24th, 2007
* Champs in Concert - Queens Park Savannah (Port of Spain)
* Talk Tent 2007 - Queen's Hall, Port of Spain

Monday Mas!!

Believe it or not when I first started playing mas I would only play on Tuesday. Monday mas was something I attempted once after playing j’ouvert and had to leave the band at the Savannah near Q.R.C. since I was so tired I could not move another inch!Having a greater love for j’ouvert at that time I sacrificed playing Monday mas in order to enjoy j’ouvert in all its rum soaked, mud and paint glory! Friends of mine thought I was crazy to pay for a costume for ONLY one day, I thought I was not missing much since Monday mas to me was only half day and I had a much better time at j’ouvert.

Well, when I met my husband to be he insisted that I try Monday mas since I had no idea what I was missing. My girlfriend, who also slighted Monday mas in the past for dirty mas in Arima, and I decided to take his advice that year and journey into new territory. That year we both skipped j’ouvert and having no inclination to wear our costumes, we got our matching Monday gear of hot shorts and a tank top, and I think we wore our neckpieces as the stipulated “wear part of your costume rule”.

The first thing that made me seemingly regret the decision to play Monday mas was hitting the streets when the sun was up. Now, on Carnival Tuesday I usually leave home as the sunrises and it is nice and cool out; having to journey into Port of Spain in the blazing sun to meet the band had me sucking my teeth all the way. The next thing is we were late to meet the band and had to walk all the way back up St. James to meet our section, having gone to the meeting point and they had already left! In the back of my mind I had already given up the whole idea and kept threatening to abandon playing mas that day since I was not having fun.

My then boyfriend (later to become husband) kept encouraging us to just try it for a while and if we still were not enjyoing it we could leave in two hours or so. Eventually we met the band, found our section and had a drink after racing to catch up with them. My first impression was that many people were in costume, sans headpiece, and that the band was moving at a much freer pace than on Tuesday. I like the fact that we kept moving, and after a couple more Johnny Walker and coconut water I started enjoying the fact that the streets were not as congested as they are on Tuesday making it easier for me to “free up” in my section.

There were less people in the band as well, so it was like one big, moving party as we made our way easily through Port of Spain on our way to the Savannah. All my complaints about the broiling sun went up in mist when they brought out the cool zone! Usually I avoid cool zones on Tuesday, not wanting the mist to dampen my feathers, but I had no costume to worry about on Monday and I was all up in that cool zone! The two hour testing period I was giving Monday mas flew by and before I knew it we were headed to the Savannah, congestion free!!! That was something to experience, not having to wait or line up to hit the Savannah stage, what freedom! We floated across the Savannah and hit that stage with mad abandon. There was no “getting in your section”, we all melded into one, huge party and I kept going back and forth on the Savannah stage until I was exhausted!

By the time I made it to the car park after the long day, I was converted, Monday mas was the greatest!!!!! And what made it even sweeter was contrasting my virgin Monday mas experience to the next day, having to make my way through crowded streets, fight up with “stormers” trying to infiltrate the band, staying at a standstill for HOURS on Charlotte street and then the long wait, slowly inching into the Savannah. The experience was like night and day; that was when I realized on Tuesday we don’t spend as much time “playing mas” as waiting to cross the stage! Monday was when we had the opportunity to really play mas and I was mad at myself for missing out all those years.

Now, I won’t think of NOT playing Monday mas, to me it’s much better than Tuesday! Don’t get me wrong, Tuesday mas is when I get to put on my pretty costume, come out in full glory and get my high on the Savannah stage in front of the spectators and cameras. But Monday mas is about freedom; freedom from worrying about your costume, freedom from the crowds and freedom to move! So for those who might be on the fence about trying Monday mas, thinking if it is worth it, take the plunge and just do it! It gives you the best of both worlds for Carnival and with all this money we are paying for costumes these days, get your money’s worth! See you on the road on Monday; I am changing it up a bit and will be in “costume” for 2007!!!
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